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.
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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.