Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
By Dara Bradley
Management at Galway Harbour will brief the new Transport Minister on its plans for a major overhaul of Galway’s Docks, when he visits the city in a fortnight, the Galway City Tribune has learned.
Galway Harbour Company is seeking State support to part-finance the €50 million phase one of the redevelopment of the Docks and will use Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar’s visit to the city in early May to convince him and his officials of the merits of the project.
Minister Varadkar has confirmed he will be in Galway on Friday, May 13 to officially launch National Bike Week and he has agreed to meet with backers of the Docks revamp project.
It is understood Minister Varadkar will also meet with management at Galway Airport during his visit to Galway to discuss issues surrounding the future funding and State-support of the Carnmore facility.
The Minister already expressed a keen interest in the Galway Docks redevelopment project when he met with Galway West Fine Gael deputies, Brian Walsh and Seán Kyne, at a meeting in Leinster House held earlier this week.
“The Minister has agreed to meet with Galway Harbour Company to go through the plans for the new harbour,” said Deputy Walsh.
“He hasn’t committed funding for the project yet, but he is very keen to see the plans and to explore the possibilities the project presents for Galway City and the wider western region as a whole.
“It will give the Harbour Company an opportunity to show the Minister its vision and to explain to him the benefits that would accrue if phase one was completed, not just in building jobs during the construction stage but in terms of attracting bigger cruise liners to the city that would provide a huge boost to tourism in Galway and the west.”
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.