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TUAM TD READY FOR LEGAL BATTLE WITH LABOUR LEADERSHIP

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Date Published: 30-Dec-2012

TUAM TD Colm Keaveney says he is preparing himself for a legal battle with the current leadership of the Labour party if they move to oust him as party chairman.

While Labour leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has repeatedly insisted the Galway East TD’s position is "untenable", Colm Keaveney has told "The Sunday Independent" that he is preparing himself for a "David versus Goliath" legal battle, which will come down, in his view, to "who has the deepest pockets".

He said it has been suggested to him that the leadership of the Labour Party intends to use a "court martial type system to remove his membership of the party and de facto the chairmanship of the party.

As a result of voting against the Social Welfare Bill, which gave legal effect to the Budget cuts, the Galway East TD immediately lost the Labour whip in the Dail and was ejected from the parliamentary Labour Party.

However, the Tanaiste and the Labour Party are caught in a difficult position in which, despite the fact that Colm Keaveney is now effectively an "opposition TD", as chairman of the wider national Labour Party he retains a position on a number of key party committees.

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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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