Date Published: 10-Sep-2012
Preparations are underway for a city rally against the closure of Lisbrook asylum centre, on the site of the former Ibis Hotel.
It follows the formation of a local support group headed by Galway West Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh, who is calling for a stay of execution on the planned shutdown next month.
Over 270 residents are to be moved as part of the restructuring and 25 staff are set to lose their jobs.
The Department of Justice says the closure is part of an ongoing programme of consolidation of RIA Reception & Integration Agency accommodation.
It says 273 residents there are to be relocated elsewhere with all transfers complete by the end of next month [Oct].
It’s due to an 8 percent decline in numbers with accommodation now being reduced across the country from 60 to 37 such centres.
Senator O’Clochartaigh says the human side of the story is being forgotten by the Department and has called for the public’s support as the group organises a rally in the city on Saturday.
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.