Date Published: 08-Mar-2013
A former landlady who put a group of student tenants, from Galway and other counties, under electronic surveillance, has asked for more time to lodge an appeal against a Circuit Court judgement against her.
In 2007, Rita McKenna and her daughter Edel were ordered to pay damages of more than 115 thousand euro to the students for invasion of privacy.
It related to a property at 46 Mobhi Road, Glasnevin Dublin
The tenants from Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Armagh and Monaghan rented the property at Glasnevin in 2003 and 2004.
They suspected that their conversations were being monitored when the landlady referred to details of a conversation the students had in private.
A Circuit Court judge ruled that the students’ right to privacy was infringed and awarded damages.
Following the Circuit Court ruling, a judgement mortgage was registered against the Glasnevin property to secure payment of damages.
In the High Court yesterday, Rita McKenna asked for more time to lodge an appeal to the 2007 Circuit Court order.
According to today’s Irish Times, Master Edmund Honohan adjourned the application to next month.
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.