Date Published: 08-Oct-2012
Garda Chief Superintendant Michael O’Sullivan has refuted claims that community policing resources appear to have been scaled back across the city.
At a meeting of the city Joint Policing Committee today, the Garda Chief said there is no lack of manpower and that a new rostering system has resulted in the provision of an extra unit.
Cllr Michael Crowe raised concerns that the extra manpower is not visible in the community.
Cllr Donal Lyons said community policing has proved to be a very successful initiative and that the Salthill and Rahoon areas used to have four such officers and now only appear to have one.
Mayor Terry O’Flaherty said one community guard in Renmore appeared to be handling a vast area including Mervue.
However Chief Superintendant Michael O’Sullivan stressed to members that resources are being deployed throughout the city with more on the ground now than this time last year.
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.