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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.