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Paperwork hitch may mean board of Leisureland illegal



Leisureland before the flood. Decisions taken by the board since June’s AGM could be deemed invalid.

A crunch meeting of the board of Leisureland was adjourned abruptly after it was revealed that forms from the directors elected last June were not returned to the Companies Registration Office, which may make the formation of the current board illegal.

In what is yet another mishap for the public swimming pool and leisure complex, it emerged that the management of Leisureland had failed to inform the Companies Office of the change of directors within the 14-day period as required under the Companies Act.

The explanatory notes on Form B10 state: “Unless the document, duly corrected, is relodged in the CRO within 14 days, it will be deemed to have never been delivered to the CRO.”

The meeting was adjourned until legal advice could be sought.

Cllr Pearce Flannery stated that all meetings, decisions and policy matters discussed since June’s AGM could be deemed invalid.

Many board members had been prepared to resign at last Friday’s meeting in protest at a decision by the Leisureland executive – manager Paddy Martin and Galway City Council director of services, Tom Connell – to ignore a proposal from the new board to implement a price freeze for clubs for six months.

The facility has been closed since last December after it was flooded in the big storms. It was due to reopen next month after extensive renovations – albeit with a hefty price increase for the public and sports clubs.

However board member, Vincent Finn of Swim Ireland, had warned that at least five clubs would not return if the price hikes were imposed and teaching hours removed – costing the facility €240,000 in lost revenue.

Cllr Flannery, who was elected onto the new board, said the paperwork omission was yet another example of the ineptitude and shoddy corporate governance of the facility.

“I was initially shocked at how easily the Executive dismissed the opinions of the board as being of little importance but now I realise the management and executive tasked with running the facility are actually in contravention of their legal obligations under the Companies Act,” he stated.

He revealed he had reported the company to the Director of Corporate Enforcement for what he labelled irregularities in corporate governance.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.


Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed



Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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