Date Published: 28-May-2012
HSE West pays nearly two million euro a year to rent property in Galway city and county.
According to the figures released at this month’s Regional Health Forum the monthly rent for one building alone in Westside is seventy-two thousand euro.
Community Care services on the Seamus Quirke road attracts an annual bill of just under nine hundred thousand euro.
In a written response to a question by local city councillor Catherine Connolly, the HSE West said the annual rent bill was down by nearly three hundred thousand euro since 2009, and that it had reduced the number of rentals from seventy to forty.
Catherine Cunningham, HSE area manager said efforts are being made to reduce the rental bill further, and that the eight-and-a-half hundred thousand euro lease used for community care services at West City Centre would be discontinued by year end.
The HSE said further rental reductions can be expected next year, as the Health Sercvice avails of scheduled lease breaks.
Councillor Catherine Connolly questioned the HSE figures saying some rentals were missing from the list but welcomed the progress being made.
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.