Date Published: 24-Sep-2008
The lead contamination in the water supply of some older houses in the city, has been raised in the Dáil today.
Up to 5,000 city houses built before 1970 could be affected, but so far only four areas have been found to be affected although city wide testing is continuing
High levels of lead have been found in the water supply of some houses in Old Mervue, Bohermore, the Claddagh and Shantalla.
These houses have been told not to drink the tap water as lead is poisonous and can build up in the body and cause harm, particularly in young children and unborn babies.
City householders have been critical of the lack of information on this latest water alert and are hoping further details will emerge later as to the full extent of the lead contamination and its level of seriousness
Galway West T.D Michael D. Higgins, raised the issue today in the Dáil with the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Environment.
He has called on the Environment Minister, John Gormley to meet with the City Council to address the issue and see what steps he intends to take.
Deputy Higgins is also calling for an emergency debate to ask Minister for Health, Mary Harney what she and the HSE plan to do to rectify the situation.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.