Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
Traffic chaos looms from the middle of next month as Galway City Council intend to close Lower Dominick Street for a period of almost seven weeks to facilitate the extension of the city’s sewerage scheme.
The road, one of the key arteries in the city centre, will be closed from 6am on Tuesday, May 17, to 6pm on Thursday, June 30, due to pipe laying and road construction works.
Although diversions will be in place, and local traffic will be facilitated, the closure of the road – from the junction with Mill Street to the junction with Dominick Street Upper at Monroe’s – is expected to result in significant tailbacks through the western fringe of the city centre.
“It is disruptive and there is never a perfect time to do something like this,” admitted a spokesman for the local authority.
“But for most of that time the secondary schools will be off and we will not yet be into the peak tourist season.”
He said that the main purpose of the scheme was to connect the last remaining pockets of unconnected houses in the city to the main sewerage scheme, capturing discharges of effluent to surface watercourses in the city.
The entire project will include works at Nuns Island, Earls Island, Dominick Street, Claddagh Quay, the Harbour Enterprise Park, Ballyloughnane, and Westside.
The spokesman said that a traffic management plan would be put in place during the seven week road closure, with diversions at Raven Terrace, Fr Griffin Road, and Mill Street.
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.