Date Published: 29-Sep-2008
Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny is due in Galway today amid an escalating water crisis.
Tests to establish the exact cause of the contamination in the first emergency water supply in Old Mervue are due back today.
The emergency water supply was suspended two days ago, after initial tests showed a lead reading well in excess of 100, four times higher than the permitted level of 25 micrograms.
This is despite the fact that this supply had come from a cast iron main.
Director of Water services Ciaran Hayes, says he cannot confirm the exact cause of the high levels of lead contamination found in the first emergency supply until the council receives more test results.
Mr.Hayes says the results will leave them in a better position to know exactly what went wrong.
In an effort to make up for the original source and the first emergency source being contaminated, the city council set up two new water tankers in Old Mervue on Saturday
Bottled water continues to be sold at a subsidised price.
The water in the tankers is not travelling through any pipes, but is being filled daily with water directly from the water treatment plant in Terryland.
Mr.Hayes says this second emergency water supply is of excellent quality, and is safe to drink.
Opposition leader, Enda Kenny is coming to Galway today to discuss the matter.
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.