Date Published: 24-Mar-2011
By Denise McNamara
Officials in Galway City Council have been astonished by the level of interest in reopening the kiosk on Ladies Beach in Salthill, despite its tiny size and precarious weather-dependent location.
Just under two dozen calls were received and a total of nine submissions of interest from business people were lodged to the Council before the closing date a fortnight ago following an article in this newspaper and an advertisement.
The proposals are largely for a retail space for seaside paraphernalia or tiny cafe which would offer coffee, ice-cream and drinks to the massive passing trade on the Prom.
All vary on the estimation of what the rent should be for the hut and what it would generate in terms of business.
An assessment panel is being set up to examine all the submissions. It is expected the successful applicant will be notified within the next fortnight.
“The reaction has been brilliant. We felt we knew there would be a bit of interest but it was much greater, fuelled by the article in the Galway City Tribune. The difference between now and 20 years ago is there is more awareness of how many people use the prom, day and night, regardless of the weather,” he stated.
The kiosk has had its shutters down for at least two decades, when it was used to sell ice cream, drinks and sweets and served as a bucket and spade emporium. It had most recently been used by lifeguards to store equipment.
The council hope that the new business will be open by the June Bank Holiday weekend.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.