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Premier Division race hots up as Oranmore close gap

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Date Published: 22-Mar-2011

Mike Rafferty

First it was Mervue United that slipped up as they collected just a point from two recent outings, but on Sunday last it was the turn of Athenry as they were beaten at home by Hibernians. The outcome is that the chase for the Western Hygiene Supplies Premier Division title has certainly opened up as Oranmore are now in pole position if one allows for points gathered and games in hand.

Life was made a little easier for the second placed side when Ollie Neary’s charges were given a walkover by West United as manager William Grant had just seven players at his disposal for the Saturday afternoon tie.

With Dynamo Blues doomed to relegation it appears that they will be joined in the First Division next season by either West or Salthill Devon. One or the other will really have to win a number of games if they are to avoid the drop and the likelihood is that either would have to win at least three times from their remaining five games if either are to save themselves.

In the First Division, East United and Corrib Celtic continue to stride away at the top and look the likely duo to go up.

Nearer the bottom Bohemians are another City side with a rich tradition who have fallen on difficult times in recent years. Poor early season form has seen them struggle but two recent wins have thrown them a lifeline as five clubs are separated by just four points in the lower half of the table.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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