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GALWAY TD URGES TURF CUTTERS TO COMPLY WITH THE LAW

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 05-Apr-2012

Galway East TD Paul Connaughton is urging turf-cutters with raised bogs in areas of special conservation to refrain from cutting this year.

He’s insisting progress IS being made in Europe to allow concessions for turf-cutters on certain bogs.

Ministers Phil Hogan and Jimmy Deenihan, and Conor Skehan, chairman of the Peatlands Council, met with the Environment Commissioner in Brussels on Tuesday, and presented a three-year transitional plan for bogs, prepared by the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, or TCCA.

Deputy Connaughton says the convoy asked for flexibility in light of the large volume of work being carried out, and that relocation is not possible in some cases.

Meanwhile, Michael Fitzmaurice of the TCCA told Galway Talks that discussions in Europe are not working effectively.

He says he will be out on his bog cutting turf this year, even if it means being arrrested.

Deputy Connaughton says he understands people’s frustrations, but is asking that people stay engaged with the process in Europe, and not cut turf.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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