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SENIOR GARDAI ADMIT NEED FOR HEADSHOP LEGISLATION IN GALWAY

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Date Published: 23-Feb-2010

 

Senior Gardaí have admitted the need for legislation in relation to ‘headshops’ in the city is paramount.

At this week’s city Joint Policing Committee meeting, members put forward a motion that planning permission should be obtained before a head shop can open

There are five headshops in the city, all of which specialise in selling legal drug paraphernelia.

Superintendent Tom Curley told the policing committee that legislation to deal with the isssue of headshops in the city, was simply ‘not there yet’

He said that Gardaí were continually monitoring the situation and were dealing with events as needed.

As it stands, any shop can simply change its use to that of a headshop without having to apply for a licence or permission of change of use.

City Councillor Michael Crowe put forward a motion that they put forward a planning submission to the Department of Environment.

Members hoped this would put head shops on a par with that of ‘adult’ shops which will soon have to apply for seperate planning permission before they open.

 

 

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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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