Date Published: 10-Dec-2008
A circuit court judge has called on Ardrahan Councillor Michael Fahy to “act with honour” and resign from Galway county council having been found guilty of one count of fraud.
Judge Micheal White made his comments while sentencing Fahy to one year in prison, with four months suspended at Galway Circuit Criminal court .
Judge White said he considered the remainder of the sentence to be served in light of 7 months Fahy already spent in prison in 2007, from his original trial.
The Judge allowed Michael Fahy to go free on his own bond of 200 euro on condition he keep the peace for 2 years.
He also fined him 30 thousand euro which he must pay within 3 months or face a 3 months prison sentence.
Fahy’s legal team have indicated they wish to appeal the guilty verdict but leave to appeal was refused by Judge White.
Solicitor for Michael Fahy, Gearóid Geraghty told Galway Bay FM News, Cllr Fahy will NOT be resigning his seat pending the outcome of the appeal.
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.