Date Published: 06-Sep-2012
Drainage works being carried out at Frenchfort in Oranmore are due for completion in the coming weeks.
The OPW is undertaking the work on behalf of Galway County Council, while ensuring all environmental legislation is fully recognised in the designated area.
The work is being carried out to ensure the flooding problems experienced in 2009 do not reoccur.
As aspects of the work involve a designated area, it constituted a notifiable action under the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011.
During the course of the project, concerns have been raised by local Cllr Jim Cuddy that machinery required to complete parts of the work was being blocked on the SAC site due to an order from the NPWS.
The NPWS says no such order has been made and that the application for consent proposed to remove vegetation by hand, using slash hooks and rakes.
All works in the special area of conservation are now complete and the OPW says that the only machinery required will be an excavator to clean the railway embankment dyke which is located outside of the designation, and to tidy the lands upstream.
The road crossing has now been replaced and OPW field staff are reinstating stone walls as part of the finish.
The target timeline for completion is two weeks time, however this is dependant on weather conditions given the nature of the grounds.
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.