Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
A landmark re-vote ordered by the High Court on a rezoning proposal in the Westside could pave the way for a massive €35 million Tesco Extra hypermarket – creating around 150 construction jobs, as well positions for up to 250 full and part-time employees.
Meanwhile, city officials have been criticised for racking up an estimated legal bill of around €120,000 for the Judicial Review case, which councillors believe “could and should have been avoided”.
The Galway City Tribune understands the British retail giant has signed a ‘Heads of Agreement’ with landowner Micheál Ó hUigínn to take on the 9.55 acre site off the Seamus Quirke Road – any contract would be dependent on full planning permission being secured on the site.
Tesco Extra stores typically measure at least 5,000 square metres, and as well as a large supermarket, also stock clothing, footwear, electrical goods, hardware and gardening equipment, along with a fuel filling station.
The hypermarkets – of which there are already 13 in Ireland – generally employ up to 250 workers, while it is estimated that around 150 construction workers would be employed on the 12-18 month build.
The serious legal flaw in voting on the City Development Plan 2011-17 – first revealed by this newspaper last March – could see the initial refusal vote on Mr Ó hUigínn’s site overturned.
The landowner sought a Judicial Review of certain elements of the Development Plan on the basis that Independent councillor and barrister Catherine Connolly participated in key votes at a meeting last January, despite the fact she should have earlier left the Council Chamber after a vote to expel her because of her behavior towards Mayor Mike Crowe.
Instead, the Mayor left the Chamber, and with a 7-7 tie on voting to rezone the land to District Centre status , Brian Walsh then used his second ‘casting’ vote against the proposal.
In the High Court on Tuesday, Mr Justice George Birmingham said that specific vote should be re-taken by July 11, and awarded two-thirds of the costs of the proceedings to Mr O’Higgins.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.