Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
Former minister Eamon Ó Cuív TD has revealed that crucial advice from bodies such as the IDA, Fáilte Ireland and Enterprise Ireland warned that cutting funding to Galway Airport could have serious implications for future investment in the region.
Ó Cuív said that during the weeks of controversy over whether the Government would come up with the €1 million-plus subvention to pay the airport operating costs, he had held discussions in the background with a number of bodies he considered crucial.
Ó Cuív said that the key consideration had to be whether a decision to refuse the finance to Galway Airport, was disproportionate to the risks involved. According to the Industrial Development Agency, he said, the idea of keeping a functioning airport was important.
“In decision-making such as that involved in Foreign Direct Investment, of course issues like tax rates are important, but when all the financial issues are done out and taken into consideration, then the so-called ‘softer’ things come into play.
“These include things like access, lifestyle, executive lifestyle, good educational facilities, good hospitals and, of course, air access comes into it. It is a consideration that comes into play even if there is a motorway link to Dublin,” he said.
He said that for a company setting up here on
an island off mainland Europe, people would want to see that getting into and out of the place was not a hindrance.
“The question was whether it was worth a figure like €1.5 million to possibly prejudice investment into the region. In fact it is totally disproportionate to the possible saving and certainly according to the IDA the risk is there.”
Ó Cuív said his discussions had included background consultations with bodies such as the IDA, Fáilte Ireland and Enterprise Ireland and the county managers . . . his opinion following this was that “the airport was of significance” in future development.
He said that Transport Minister Leo Varadkar had handled the controversy poorly from the start . . . announcing a decision first so that any variation would be more difficult. It put the minister in a position of real difficulty in any decision to change or vary.
Ó Cuív said he refused to believe that Varadkar could not have found funds in a Department allocation of over €600 million – before he made a move like publicly announcing that there would be no operating expenses funding for Galway.
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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.