Date Published: 23-Mar-2013
Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary in Caherlistrane on Friday night.
Four men, wearing balaclavas and gloves broke into the parochial house in Caherlistrane between 9 and 10pm and tied up the parish priest Fr. Patrick O’ Brien.
One of the men was carrying a crow bar, and the priest in his 60s was the only occupant in the house at the time.
Gardaí say no arrests have yet been made.
The gang ransacked the house for over an hour, before making off with a sum of cash.
After they fled, Fr. O’ Brien managed to get free and raised the alarm at a neighbours house.
He was not seriously injured, but is understood to be traumatised by the incident.
One of the men was wearing a blue tracksuit top with faded white writing on the front and jeans.
The second and third men wore dark tops and jeans, while the fourth man was tall and thin wearing all black clothes.
Tuam Gardaí are investigating and are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the Caherlistrane area in the past few days to contact them.
Their number is 093 24202
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.