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New twist to ‘jinxed’ ferry saga as ship is arrested

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Date Published: 14-Apr-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

The saga over the transfer of two former Aran islands ferries to a new owner in Mauritius took a new twist yesterday when the large Danish cargo ship which is due to collect them was arrested at Galway Harbour.

An order from the Irish Admiralty Marshal, Paula Healy, for the detention of the Thor Gitta effectively means that the Danish registered cargo ship cannot leave the docks with the Clann na nOileain and Clan Eagle 1 ferries on board.

The arrest, believed to be the first in 20 years at the port, is the equivalent of a High Court injunction and ensures that the multi-purpose 7,000 tonne ship will be unable to leave Irish waters pending the payment of a bond to the Irish authorities.

A complaint was received by the Admiralty Marshal at the High Court in Dublin and Ms Healy proceeded with the arrest warrant which was issued to the ship’s captain when staff from the Revenue Commissioners boarded the vessel at lunchtime yesterday.

A watchman presented the arrest order to the ship’s master and a ‘keeper’ from Revenue is set to maintain a presence on the boat over the weekend.

The detention of the ship comes a week after an accident in which three men were injured when one of the ferries, Clann na nOileain, plunged into the docks from a height of about 12 metres (40 feet) after a cable snapped on one of the cargo ship’s two 60 metre high cranes.

That accident occurred a week after another huge cargo ship, the German registered Pantanal, ran aground on rocks near Rossaveal after it was also deployed to pick up the two ferries. Throughout the past week, the Pantanal has been moored off Mutton Island as a team of welders have repaired the damage caused to the vessel.

Although a new cable has been sourced from the Netherlands for the Thor Gitta this week, yesterday’s arrest means that all three vessels will be left sitting in Galway Harbour over the weekend while the Pantanal continues to sit out in the bay.

 

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

 

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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