Quarry loses court bid
A MAYO company, which quarries limestone near Ashford Castle in Cong, has lost a High Court challenge over an environmental assessment.
McGrath Limestone Works had asked the court to quash a requirement by both Mayo Co Council and An Bord Pleanala that it carry out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of it activities as part of its application for a major extension.
It claimed that it was not required to carry out an EIA, and such a requirement could be ruinous for the company.
Mr Justice Peter Charleton dismissed all the arguments raised by the company.
He said the quarry is located near two sensitive sites that are "significant tourist resources" of "environmental significance".
ACTIVIST SEEKS STATUS
CONTROVERSIAL peace activist Niall Farrell has written to the Minister for Justice demanding he be treated as a political prisoner when he starts a two-week sentence tomorrow.
Farrell, of Galway Alliance Against War, is facing arrest for his involvement in a peace protest on the runway at Shannon Airport with Margaretta D'Arcy last September.
He has agreed to surrender himself to gardai in Galway city on Friday.
AIRPORT ENERGY PROJECT
A GALWAY company has been chosen by the European Commission to undertake a €2.6m projects to make EU airports energy efficient.
Enerit is one of four companies chosen to tackle energy loss in airports. It will work with companies from Germany, Serbia and Italy.
The CASCADE system is expected to save €840,000 a year and will initially focus on Milan and Rome's airports.
AUTISM SITE UPGRADED
A residential centre for people with autism has undertaken a series of improvements after a HIQA report found it was non-compliant across 10 areas.
Autism West Ltd cares for five people in Claregalway, Co Galway. An inspection by HIQA in March set out an action plan for urgent improvements. Following a board meeting this week management said health and safety issues have been resolved and other matters dealt with.
TOYS FOR GAZA APPEAL
A Toys for Gaza event will take place in Galway this Bank Holiday Monday.
Organisers are asking the public to donate children's toys, clothes, books, schoolbags and any other items that could be of use to youngsters.
The event takes place in Monroes Tavern from 1pm to 4pm.