Date Published: 27-Jan-2010
Soccer coach, Billy Carr from Mervue has been named Galway Credit Union Volunteer of the Year.
He was presented with the award at the 7th Annual Mayor’s Awards for Galway City at a ceremony last night, which was broadcast live on Galway Bay Fm.
The popular Mayor’s Awards acknowledge outstanding volunteers and organisations who’ve improved their communities in the city over the last year.
Ala Community Theatre in Ballybane won the St Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union Arts, Culture, Heritage and Gaeilge Award.
St Columbas Credit Union Resident and Local Areas Award went to Renmore Residents Association.
Naomh Pádraig Credit Union Social and Community Support Award was won by both the Galway Volvo Ocean Race Volunteers and the Galway Branch of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.
The Sports Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Michael Grealish of Our Lady’s Boys Club and the Connacht Branch of the IRFU.
Volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters Galway won the Children and Youth Award.
While the Young Volunteers of the Year Award went to Foundation Nepal/Transition Year Students of Colaiste Iognáid, The Jes.
Each winner was presented with a cheque for 700 euro and a Galway Crystal Plate by the Mayor of Galway Declan McDonnell.
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.