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GALWAY STUDENT GRANT DELAYS WON’T BE RESOLVED THIS MONTH

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Date Published: 08-Nov-2012

The backlog of all successful third level student grant applications won’t be processed and paid until next month.

That’s the response received by Galway West Labour Deputy Derek Nolan when he raised the matter in the Dail this week.

Deputy Nolan had questioned whether teething problems with the new online SUSI system had resulted in delays in issuing much needed payments to Galway city’s huge student population.

The system which went live in June means that now all grant applications are centralised, after they were previously processed by more than 60 separate local authorities, including Galway County Council.

Speaking in the Dail, Deputy Nolan said the delays have caused real hardship for young students in Galway who are struggling to manage day-to-day costs.

Speaking in response on behalf of the Education Minister, Minister of State Sean Sherlock said the backlog will be dealt with by December.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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