Date Published: 14-Apr-2013
A Galway Sinn Fein Senator has launched a radical new plan to safeguard the future of rural Ireland.
Trevor O’ Clochartaigh along with his counterpart Martin Ferris presented the report at the party’s Ard Fheis in Mayo this weekend.
It prioritises job creation and recommends the rebalancing of the CAP and EU fishing quotas to revitalise coastal communities.
Sinn Fein also proposes to tackle infrastructural deficits and prioritise the development of the western rail corridor.
Meanwhile, satisfaction ratings for political leaders in all the main parties including Gerry Adams have dropped this month, according to a new poll out today.
The Millward Brown survey for the Sunday Independent shows Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has dropped by five points to 23 per cent.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Labour’s Eamon Gilmore have also fallen by one point each, leaving them at 25 per cent and and 16 per cent respectively.
And Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin has slipped by a full eight points but still remains the most popular leader in the country on 28 per cent.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.