Date Published: 03-Feb-2009
The Authorities at NUI Galway are carrying out an internal investigation into a student protest at the college last night which caused an interview with former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, to be abandoned.
Mr. Ahern was forced to abandon his address to the Literary and Debating Society after scuffles broke out between students and Gardaí.
About 20 members of the Free Education for Everyone student protest group staged a protest at the University as Mr Ahern arrived on campus.
Mr Ahern was booed and jostled and the event was called off.
An 18 year-old man was arrested for public order offences but was later released and a file is being prepared for the DPP.
A statement from NUIG today confirms that the college has a Code of Conduct and condemns the actions of those involved in last night’s incident.
Authorities in the college have started an internal investigation and if protestors who behaved in a disorderly manner are identified as students of NUIG, disciplinary action will be taken.
Ironically, the Lit and Deb Society is to hold a debate at the college on Thursday evening about whether student protesting has gone too far.
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.