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Tower bridge future hangs on Fáilte Ireland decision

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Date Published: 27-Jun-2011

The future of the dilapidated footbridge leading to the Fishery Tower next to Wolfe Tone Bridge is hanging on a decision of the Board of Directors of Fáilte Ireland, who are meeting in Dublin this week.

They will decide whether or not to provide funding towards the repair of the bridge, which has visibly deteriorated and is in serious risk of collapsing, according to Councillor Catherine Connolly, Chairwoman of the Natural Environment and Waterways Committee and also a member of the Civic Trust.

Because of the state of the footbridge, the iconic building has remained closed for almost three years. Cllr Connolly said she has placed this item on the agenda of every meeting of the Natural Environment and Waterways Committee since her election as chair over three years ago.

“From the Committee’s point of view and from that of the Fisheries Board who own the building, progress has been made, in that plans for the new bridge are ready and substantial funding is available from the Fisheries Board. “However, the difficulty is that matching funding is still awaited from Fáilte Ireland,” she said.

But Cllr Connolly confirmed yesterday that she and the committee had been informed that the Board of Fáilte Ireland is to meet in Dublin this week and is expected to make a decision on the matter.

“Any further delay is not only unacceptable but a matter of health and safety and I am calling for Fáilte Ireland to make a positive decision and provide the matching funding.

“In the current climate it is of vital importance that a new bridge be erected to allow the Tower to open again as it is one of the main tourist attractions in the City," she added.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

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Man arrested over alleged criminal damage to city cars

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A 20 year old man is still being questioned this afternoon over alleged criminal damage to a number of cars in the city overnight.

16 cars were damaged in the Whitestrand Road, Fr. Griffin Road and Lower Salthill areas at around 3.30 this morning.

A 20 year old Brazilan man was arrested in the general area after Gardai were alerted.

He is now being questioned at Mill Street Garda Station.

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Department urged to provide funding for Claregalway road

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

The Department of Transport needs to prioritise the Claregalway Relief Road as a matter of urgency.

That’s according to Councillor Jim Cuddy who has been responding to numerous complaints from motorists and residents about delays through the village.

He says that the County Council is working on the design stage of the relief road at present, when it should be at construction stage.

Long delays are being experienced by motorists through the village not only at peak times, but throughout the day.

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Disruption continues as Bus Eireann strike enters second day

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway again this morning, as the national Bus Eireann strike enters its second day.

The Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, has appealed to members of the National Bus and Rail Union to immediately enter talks to resolve the dispute – which has resulted in disruption on over 95 per cent of Bus Eireann’s services.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers held a picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city last evening.

School buses are expected to operate as normal this morning, despite the rolling strike.

Bus Eireann Spokesman Andrew McLindon says the union has assured them school buses won’t be affected.

 

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