Date Published: 13-Nov-2012
City Councillors have voted unanimously to reject a variation to the development plan which would see the provision of a four leg signalised junction to replace the Kirwan roundabout near the Menlo Park Hotel.
The matter came before councillors last evening [Nov 12] as part of the city’s Bothar na dTreabh N6 Multi Modal Corridor Improvement Scheme.
This has already seen the changeover of roundabouts at Briarhill, the Tuam Road and Ballybane.
The variation would have seen the diversion of a road from the Menlo Park Hotel grounds through to the Headford road.
City Councillors had voted 9 to 6 in favour of removing the Kirwan roundabout in May.
However, after heated debate on the variation last evening and repeated warnings from City Mayor Terry O’ Flaherty to members to “Stop the screaming”, Cllrs voted unanimously to reject the plan.
An amendment tabled by Cllr Billy Cameron to call on officials to explore other options and not to engage in a “do nothing” approach while calling on the NRA not to withdraw the funding for the project was also carried.
However Director of Services Ciaran Hayes said the window of opportunity for funding from the NRA was over two years and after that, the funding is gone.
He said although the proposal was not finding local acceptance, he stands over the recommendation and added that other suggestions for a five-arm model have been looked at but simply would not suit.
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.