Date Published: 28-Aug-2012
Galway East Deputy Colm Keaveney is being urged to consider the needs of Galway farm families as part of any review of the qualifying rules for student grants.
It follows a meeting between the Labour Party Chairperson and a delegation of farm families this week led by IFA Vice President Padraic Divilly.
In a statement to FYI Galway, Deputy Keaveney says the meeting was positive and added that the debate on the issue to date has been “unfairly focused on the farming community”.
IFA Vice President Padraic Divilly has stressed that farm families CANNOT use capital allowances or other investments in plant and machinery to reduce their income for grant eligibility purposes.
However Deputy Keaveney says that while a farmer should NOT be forced to sell land to pay for education, inherited wealth or significant assets separate to those used to earn a living, should be taken into account in any new means test.
He adds that we need to reform the application process so that it provides clarity and trust in the process for all sectors, including farm families.
Deputy Keaveny has now called on the IFA “to focus its energies on resisting the prospect of a student loan scheme and to support Labour in an endeavour to maintain the current student grant system”.
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.