Date Published: 30-Mar-2011
At a meeting of Gort District Council, Dr. Moran reported that a mild case of typhus fever had occurred in Knockercoura, and he had the patient removed to hospital, and the bed and bedding burned, and the house fumigated. He also reported a case of undefined fever from Gort, and had the patient removed to hospital, and the bed and bedding burned, and the room fumigated.
Dr. Moran, replying to a Guardian, said there was absolutely no fever whatever in the town, and no grounds for the report that there was.
Chairman: I hope you will have no bad results in any of the cases. Dr. Moran: No, I will have no bad results.
Drs. Moran and Foley reported that in consequence of the outbreak of fever, they wished to procure certain disinfectants without waiting for the Guardians’ formal authority. Dr. Foley suggested the procuring of a disinfecting apparatus, as if they had an epidemic the cost of burning bedding and clothing would come to a big lot. If they burned some old beds, they might create a lot of displeasure, and although their market value might not be much, they were prized by their owners for their old associations. The Council should inquire where they would get the cheapest disinfecting apparatus.
Clerk: As long as I remember, the Inspectors of the L.G. Board are suggesting it here. What would it cost, a couple of hundred pounds? Dr. Foley: Not at all; an ordinary pump and spray would do it. Mr. Carr: Would a good spraying machine do it as well? (laughter). Dr. Foley: It would, Bill, if you had a pump to it (renewed laughter). Mr. Carr: You are right, Doctor (loud laughter).
After over a century in office, Galway Harbour Board passed out of existence at noon on Wednesday, yielding place to a new body which may in turn have to give way under a general system for the election of harbour commissioners to control all the ports and harbours of the Saorstat.
The old board eliminated itself that Galway’s long-neglected outlet to the sea may be developed. This, as well as its recent efforts in this direction, will always be remembers to it for righteousness. The new Board still has heavy and uphill work, but if it is run on business lines, with the financial backing of two important bodies behind it, we should see new hope in Galway within a very few years.
Glorious weather has prevailed in Connemara during the past few weeks and it is expected that many hundreds of tourists will spend the Easter weekend in the area. Almost all the foremost hotels have good bookings and many of those who come will be renewing an acquaintance of previous years. Already, large numbers of anglers are in evidence, many of them from across the Channel. For the most part, these are spending their time around the Corrib, where the fishing this year is remarkably good.
Schools in the West
Mr. Sean Broderick, T.D. (Galway), on the debate in the Dáil on the vote for Education, brought out some surprising facts regarding the policy of the Department of Education and the Board of Works in the provision of schools in the West. It appears there is no settled policy concerning construction grants and that dissatisfaction exists on this account.
Mr. Broderick referred to the absence of cooperation between the Department and the managers of the schools. “One finds that applications for new schools have been made as far back as five and six years ago, and that these schools have not yet been erected. The application is first made to the Minister for Education, the Board of Works then comes into the matter.
“I know instances in which schools are being erected by the Board of Works and in which the Board refused to give the manager even the estimated cost of the school,” he said.
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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.