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GO AHEAD FOR PART OF CONTROVERSIAL CITY BYPASS

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Date Published: 02-Dec-2008

The controversial Galway city outer bypass has been given the go ahead, but only for part of the proposed route.

An Bord Pleanala has approved part of the development between the junction of Garraun and Gortatleva, and refused part of the development west of the N59 between the junction of Gortatleva and An Baile Nua.

In the 14 page report, issued by the planning board to Galway Bay fm news this morning, the main reason given for refusal to grant part of the Bypass is that it would cut through Tonabrocky Bog.

The board say that the bog is part of the Moycullen Bogs Natural heritage area, and is also the site of a legally protected and vulnerable species.

Speaking on the Keith Finnegan show, Senior Engineer in the Galway national road design office, Jack Eising says that the partial refusal means they must look for alternative arrangements.

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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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