Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
AN TAISCE have called on the City Council to strictly enforce planning laws as regards ‘garish shopfronts’ located right in the heart of the city’s main shopping area.
Derrick Hambleton, Chairman of An Taisce, Galway, said this week that it appeared the City Council had ‘no standards’ as regards the painting of shop facades.
There was controversy earlier this month over what was described as a ‘shocking pink’ painted on an adult shop frontage on William Street called the Pink Feather.
The shop located on the first floor of the old Carpenter’s Menswear Shop is on top of another shop painted in canary yellow.
“This amounts to reckless neglect of our city streetscape with garish signage and lower order shops allowed to proliferate.
“The failure of the City Council to enforce the existing planning laws has dragged the city down. Poor quality shopfronts are becoming an increasing problem city wide but are most pronounced in the historic core of Galway,” said Mr. Hambleton.
A spokesman for Galway City Council said: “Our planners and inspectors will be looking at any shopfronts or buildings that do not meet with the standards laid down.”
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.