Date Published: 30-Mar-2011
Restrictions remain in place for up to 1,500 householders in Connemara whose public water supply was polluted by an oil spillage.
The accidental spillage of home heating oil found its way in to the public water supply of An Cheathrú Rua. According to a spokesman from Galway County Council, recent analysis of samples in the public water distribution networks has shown elevated levels of Petrol Range Organics (a component of home heating oil).
Further sampling and analysis is needed to determine the extent of the problem, he said.
It is suspected by local people that the oil had been leaking from an underground pipe for up to five weeks into a stream going through the village and that it eventually found its way into the water supply.
A Council spokesman said: “Having consulted with HSE West, it is recommended that all customers on the An Cheathrú Rua public water supply and the Camus Screeb Water Supply Scheme should not use tap water for drinking, washing or food preparation until further advised. The number of properties affected by this advice is approximately 1,500. The water can be used for toilet flushing.
“The Council is undertaking measures to prevent any further discharge from the identified pollution source and has also increased the protection of the intake to the water supply. Cleansing of the network and reservoir has commenced and daily sampling analysis will continue. It is not possible to at this stage to say how long it will be necessary to keep the restriction on water use in place but it will be kept to the absolute minimum.”
In the meantime, the Council will continue to provide alternative supplies locally with a particular emphasis on assistance for vulnerable people and locations within the community, he added.
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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.