Date Published: 11-May-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
A major Galway construction company has shut down all of its building sites, with the temporary loss of more than 450 jobs, in an eleventh hour bid to secure its future.
Cordil Construction says it is owed “substantial monies” for Department of Education and HSE building projects, and directors have made phone calls to ministers in recent days in a desperate bid to save the company. It now has a two-week ‘window’ to secure bank funding and save the jobs.
It’s understood Cordil’s cashflow has been put under severe strain because of strict conditions imposed by Government contracts.
The company – well-known as a school and homebuilder – told its 51 permanent staff and more than 400 subcontractors yesterday (Wednesday) it was closing down sites for a fortnight while it attempts to secure a temporary overdraft from its bankers.
The company is currently working on 15 projects around the country worth a total of €27m – including seven major Government schemes.
At the moment, Cordil – which was formed in 1990 – is working on an extension to Colaiste Iognáid (the ‘Jes’) and a new arthouse cinema in Galway City, as well as new dressing rooms for Galway Hibernians Football Club.
Managing Director Gerry Dillon told the Connacht Tribune: “Cordil’s operations on live projects were severely affected by the inclement weather conditions experienced last December and January, and a consequence of this is that the company’s cashflow has been put under tremendous strain since the early part of this year.
“Cordil is owed substantial monies from various contracts for Government departments, including the HSE and Dept of Education.
To continue to work on its life sites and safeguard jobs, the company has requested an overdraft facility from its main bankers, which is currently under consideration.
Read more in today’s Connacht Tribune
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.