Date Published: 09-Aug-2011
Galway TDs and Senators were paid more than 464 thousand euro in expenses last year.
Under the new system known as the parliamentary standard allowance, two flat payments are awarded under travel and public representation.
In Galway West, Fianna Fail’s Frank Fahey topped the list with almost 50 thousand euro followed by Noel Grealish, Michael D Higgins and Padraic McCormack who all claimed 40 thousand each.
In Galway East, Fine Gael’s Ulick Burke topped the expenses list with over 49 thousand euro.
Galway former Senators Ciaran Cannon, Fidelma Healy Eames and Niall O’Brolchain received a total of over 72 thousand euro in travel expenses last year.
They were also awarded a public representation allowance totalling a further 32 thousand euro.
Ciaran Canon ranked the lowest with 31 thousand with both Fidelma Healy Eames and Niall O’Brolchain each awarded 36 thousand.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
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
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
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.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
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.