Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
The saga over the transfer of two former Aran islands ferries to a new owner in Mauritius took a new twist yesterday when the large Danish cargo ship which is due to collect them was arrested at Galway Harbour.
An order from the Irish Admiralty Marshal, Paula Healy, for the detention of the Thor Gitta effectively means that the Danish registered cargo ship cannot leave the docks with the Clann na nOileain and Clan Eagle 1 ferries on board.
The arrest, believed to be the first in 20 years at the port, is the equivalent of a High Court injunction and ensures that the multi-purpose 7,000 tonne ship will be unable to leave Irish waters pending the payment of a bond to the Irish authorities.
A complaint was received by the Admiralty Marshal at the High Court in Dublin and Ms Healy proceeded with the arrest warrant which was issued to the ship’s captain when staff from the Revenue Commissioners boarded the vessel at lunchtime yesterday.
A watchman presented the arrest order to the ship’s master and a ‘keeper’ from Revenue is set to maintain a presence on the boat over the weekend.
The detention of the ship comes a week after an accident in which three men were injured when one of the ferries, Clann na nOileain, plunged into the docks from a height of about 12 metres (40 feet) after a cable snapped on one of the cargo ship’s two 60 metre high cranes.
That accident occurred a week after another huge cargo ship, the German registered Pantanal, ran aground on rocks near Rossaveal after it was also deployed to pick up the two ferries. Throughout the past week, the Pantanal has been moored off Mutton Island as a team of welders have repaired the damage caused to the vessel.
Although a new cable has been sourced from the Netherlands for the Thor Gitta this week, yesterday’s arrest means that all three vessels will be left sitting in Galway Harbour over the weekend while the Pantanal continues to sit out in the bay.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.