Date Published: 12-May-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
THE €10m Seamus Quirke road enhancement project could face a major delay after it emerged this week that lands encroached on by the contractor had not been legally secured by the City Council.
Work has now stopped on part of the project that started last October at the Dúnárás apartment block beside the Fort Lorenzo roundabout, after the owners of the property engaged in legal correspondence with the City Council on the issue.
The Galway City Tribune understands that the owners of the Dúnárás apartments – used mainly for student accommodation – are claiming that there was encroachment on their property without any agreement having been reached with them on compensation.
Negotiations have been going on for some weeks in an effort to reach agreement on compensation terms between the City Council and Dúnárás – however, the Galway City Tribune has learned that there is a ‘significant difference’ between the sides on this issue.
Although it hasn’t been confirmed by either side, the compensation figure sought could be in the region of €200,000 – if no agreement is reached after arbitration, then the City Council could have to go down the road of getting a compulsory purchase order on the lands, a procedure that could take a year to 18 months.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.