Date Published: 08-Jan-2013
Members of Tuam Town Council have hit out at the HSE West regarding the proposed closure of residential facilities at Toghermore House.
Two members of Tuam Town Council raised concerns at this week’s meeting.
Councillor Imelda Kelly claimed the HSE plan to turn the residential part of Toghermore House into offices and she called on people to support Tuam Mental Health Associations campaign to put green ribbons on every door in protest against any downgrading of the facility.
Cllr Paul O’Grady said the HSE should not get away with the proposed transfer of 16 residents from the facility.
Cllr Tom Reilly said it was a dark day for the residents and he had requested that a delegation meet with Catherine Cunningham of the HSE and the local TDs before Friday to demand that the residential facility at Toghermore remain open.
Cllr Pat O’Hora was praised for a letter he wrote to Minister Kathleen Lynch to have the residential facility retained.
It was also decided that the Town Council write to Minister James Reilly to demand the retention of the facility.
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.