Date Published: 11-Jun-2011
Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn hopes to consult local groups to get their views about the future of two-teacher rural schools.
The issue was raised in the Seanad this week by Senator Trevor O’ Clochartaigh, who criticised proposals to close such schools as a cost-saving measure.
A ‘Value for Money’ review of small schools began last October and is due to be completed later this year.
In the Seanad, Trevor O’ Clochartaigh stressed the importance of maintaining two teacher schools, especially in rural and Gaeltacht areas.
Senator O’ Clochartaigh explained that there are nearly 70 small schools being reviewed in Galway.
Minister Ruairí Quinn responded by saying that he would wait to hear the recommendations of the ‘Value for Money’ report before giving a definitive answer on the future of small schools.
However, Minister Quinn added that, even though his constituency is an urban one, he understands the need for small rural schools.
Minister Quinn concluded by saying that he will speak to colleagues across all parties on a plan to get the imput of local interests on the small schools issue.
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.