Tue, Mar 03, 2015
Motor tax paid by Galway drivers is being used to prop up Irish Water at a time when many roads in the county have become impassable due to the recent snowfall and ice, Galway East Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney, has alleged.
Last week it was revealed that Galway residents paid more than €64 million in motor tax in 2014, but that a significant amount of this has been handed over to Irish Water to help cover the highly controversial semi-State’s set-up costs. Dep Keavney believes the money being taken from the Galway County Council is coming at the expense of road maintenance in the county and explains why roads were not gritted last night despite the current spell of bad weather being forecast by Met Éireann.
Snow and icy conditions have made travelling in many parts of County Galway both dangerous and difficult today, resulting in tailbacks, delays, and at least one case of a truck jack-knifing. Schools have also faced disruption, as have many businesses with workers forced to stay at home, and deliveries have had to be cancelled.
The neglect and possible death of a horse on a Ballybane housing estate has led Independent city councillor Mike Cubbard to demand immediate eviction notices for anyone who keepinf such animals on Galway City Council property.
SINCE DRIVE there has been a steady stream of solid, slightly camp, low budget commercial movies. They have not always found the right audience but from 2011’s Hobo With A Shotgun to last years incredible The Guest, there has been a steady flow of B-movie action and erotic thrillers.
Just as the company finished 2014 with the final auction of the year in Ireland, DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard is leading the way again this year with the first of its auctions to be held tomorrow in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway, at 3pm.
Land Rover Ireland launched the new Discovery Sport last week with prices in Ireland starting from €37,100 for the 2.2 TD4 S model.
Galway businesses were in Dublin this week to attend Fáilte Ireland’s Business Tourism Briefing and hear about plans for the business tourism sector for 2015 and beyond. Over 250 members from across Ireland’s business tourism sector were in attendance, representing conference venues, hotels, professional conference organisers, destination management companies, university conference offices and regional convention bureaux.
It is fair to say, I think, that we have all learned to lower our expectations a little when dining in a hotel. Often we hear the phrase “the food was great” qualified by the appendage “for a wedding”. After all, serving 120 plus plates of beef or salmon all at the same time is an entirely different prospect to cooking two or four plates to order.