Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Mayor of Galway, Michael Crowe says it’s disappointing that the taxpayer has to foot the bill for a legal challenge because the council ignored its own rules.
A controversial part of Galway City Development Plan is due to be voted again on next week following a High Court ruling yesterday.
Mr. Justice George Birmingham directed the 15 city councillors to reconsider part of the plan which would designate lands at Westside retail park as a district centre.
Former Mayor of Galway, Micheál O’ hUiginn, who took the legal action, wants the rezoning approved to allow him to build a Tesco foodstore.
A vote was taken at a meeting last January rejecting the designation, with the then Deputy Mayor, Brian Walsh, using his casting vote because it was tied.
This vote included Councillor Catherine Connolly, whose fellow councillors had earlier voted should leave the meeting because of offensive remarks she made.
She did not leave and Micheál Ó hUigínn argued that if she had left the meeting, the vote would have gone in his favour.
The High Court ruled that the matter be reconsidered by councillors and it’s understood a meeting will take place next Monday.
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.