Tue, May 05, 2015
Irish Water will install water meters in Galway city “in the coming weeks”, starting in Knocknacarra. However a local councillor is calling on the controversial company to “continue its practice” of not installing meters “on properties which reject them”.
An e-mail sent by Irish Water’s communications manager to elected representatives in Galway announced the roll-out of Irish Water’s Metering Programme. The first area where meters are to be installed is Knocknacarra, and homeowners are due to be sent “detailed information packs on Irish Water and all aspects of the metering programme at least 14 days before metering commences”. A second information pack will be issued to all homes due to receive meters at least two days in advance of metering taking place.
Sinn Féin city councillor Mairéad Farrell has accused Irish Water of “springing installations on communities at the last minute in an effort to catch people on the hop who may refuse to allow a water meter be installed on their property”. Nonetheless Cllr Farrell says she hopes Irish Water “will continue its practice in Galway, as it has done in other areas, of agreeing not to install water meters on properties who reject them”.
A zero tolerance attitude needs to be taken towards zero hours contracts as such contracts do nothing for the rights, livelihoods, or prospects of working people.
The Radisson Blu Hotel in Lough Atalia was a hive of activity last Friday, April 24, as leading property agent DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard held its April auctions which featured 26 lots in total. The arrival of bidders from 1.30pm onwards ahead of the 3pm start was an early indication of the intent for the day, and indeed by 3pm the veranda lounge was full to capacity with anxious vendors, hopeful bidders, and one or two interested spectators.
Having cruised to a convincing SSE Airtricity League premier division 5-0 win at the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday against Bray Wanderers, Galway United will be keen to deliver a similarly dynamic display when St Patrick's Athletic visit Eamonn Deacy Park tomorrow (7.45pm).
I have been very impressed with the new Mercedes-Benz Vito van range on a number of levels, and I expected it to continue to be the most expensive of the main competitors in this important van segment. The old Vito was €1,860 (ex-VAT) higher than the least expensive comparative entry level prices in that range.
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD presented a specially commissioned trophy to Inis Meáin Restaurant and Suites, Galway for “Best Design in Tourism” at the first ever Irish Tourism Industry Awards 2015, at a Gala event in the Doubletree Hilton, Dublin, to celebrate the inaugural national scheme identifying those who are making major difference in the tourism industry.
Me2UFitness opened its doors in the middle of January and Christina Dillon has been very busy since welcoming clients old and new.
I remember about a decade or more ago sticking my notebook under the nose of the then Health Minister Michael Noonan, when he was in Castlebar opening the hospital or something and asking him a question about something health related for the Galway area. And in the way he had about him back then, in the days before he was canonised, he cocked an eye and said to me “Right sonny, you're here from a Goll-way paper. This is not a day for Goll-way. Today is Mayo's day, not Goll-way's day.”