Wed, Mar 04, 2015
City councillors will vote on a proposal to vary the Galway City Development Plan next week that could “scupper plans” for the controversial N6 ring road going through Ballybrit Racecourse. However the proposal also reveals deep divisions within Galway Fine Gael over the issue.
The proposal, to be debated at Monday’s meeting in City Hall, is being put forward by Fine Gael councillor John Walsh. It comes at the same time as a statement from his party colleague, Galway West TD Seán Kyne, supporting construction of a new bypass, and saying he would be “very concerned at suggestions the process should be stopped or delayed”.
There has been considerable opposition to proposals to build a tunnel beneath the racecourse as part of the N6 Galway City Transport Project as it would mean cancelling the Galway Races Festival - which is worth more than €60 million to the local economy - for at least three years. Cllr Walsh’s motion would see the insertion of a specific objective in the City Development Plan to prevent such interference.
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.
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.