Date Published: 16-Aug-2012
Galway farmers with limited stock levels last year risk losing their Disadvantaged Area payments if they fail to respond to Department letters issued this week.
That’s according to Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv who says the matter arises as stocking density eligibility for the payment has now been increased restropectively.
Farmers can appeal the department’s decision based on constraints on stocking levels should their land be designated as an SAC, SPA or NHA.
They may also seek a derrogation based on their participation in the REPS or AEOS scheme or if their land is located in marginal areas such as the Maam Turks/Twelve Bens Complex.
The deadline to take this action is by tomorrow week August 24th.
Deputy O’ Cuiv says the change is unfair given recent weather conditions and has called on the Minister for Agriculture to abandon the process and revert to stocking levels of 2011.
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.