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New reservoir to ease water worries for thousands

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Date Published: 11-Apr-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

Householders on the western side of the city who have had to endure regular water shortages in recent years are set for welcome news today with an announcement of €2 million in funding to build a new reservoir at Tonabrocky near Rahoon.

The new reservoir will service some of the western suburbs which have been most affected by cuts to services in recent months as demand on the existing facility has been stretched to bursting point for some time.

Areas such as Ballymoneen, Clybaun, Cappagh Road, Rahoon, Kingston, Letteragh, and Ballyburke in the city, as well as Barna and Moycullen, will be supplied by the facility.

Minister for the Environment, Heritage, and Local Government, Phil Hogan, is set to announce approval for Galway County Council’s plans for a new reservoir, adjacent to the existing Tonabrocky facility, this morning.

Although the old facility is located in the County Council area, it supplies much of the domestic water supply for the west side of the city – including some of the areas which were hardest hit by the shortages during the cold snap in January.

Minister Hogan’s announcement has been welcomed by Brian Walsh TD (FG), who said there had been a problem with the water supply in these areas for some time.

“This is a very important scheme for the area and I would like to see it progressing through to design, preparation of contract documents, and tendering of the proposed new reservoir as quickly as possible,” said Deputy Walsh.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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