Date Published: 30-Aug-2012
Traffic disruption is expected to be kept to a minimum as preliminary works are due to start on the Galway Shopping Centre roundabout next month.
It marks phase one of the Bodkin roundabout changeover which is set to be replaced by a signalised junction as part of the NRA funded Bothar na dTreabh scheme.
So far roundabouts at Briarhill, Ballybane and the Tuam Road have all been removed to link up with a central traffic control room.
The first phase of this latest changeover will begin next month and will involve the construction of a new access road from the Headford Road.
It’ll also provide for the partial construction of a new access road from Sean Mulvoy road and the necessary car park alterations.
Work will then be suspended until mid January so as to avoid any disruption to the Christmas shopping and sale peak trade periods.
The second and major phase will involve the removal of the roundabout and is expected to take an estimated 12 weeks with a revised completion timeline of early Easter.
Head of Galway Transportation Unit Joe Tansey says the National Roads Authority has sanctioned the extension of the project and the related 2 million euro in funding has been transferred to 2013 accordingly.
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.