Date Published: 10-Nov-2012
AFTER a very slow start the number of people voting has increased substantially across Galway city and county this evening.
The current trends show that in the region of 10 to 11 per cent have now voted with one polling station in Ballybane recording almost 12 per cent.
Voting will continue at 145 polling stations in Galway West, which includes the city, and 149 in Galway East until 10 o’clock tonight.
The surge in voting numbers this evening is in marked contrast to the slow turnout before lunch when one polling booth in East Galway had only 1.5 per cent of voters casting their votes.
All the votes cast in Galway will be counted at two centres, Leisureland, for Galway West and New Inn Community Centre, for Galway East.
The opening of the boxes will get underway after 9 am tomorrow and all boxes are expeced to be open by 11.30.
Returning Officer Marian Chambers-Higgins and her staff expect that the counting of all the Galway votes will be completed by 1.30 or 2 pm when the results for the county’s two constituencies will be announced.
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.