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Airport board determined to secure facility’s future

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Date Published: 15-Jun-2011

Galway Airport this week commenced sourcing alternative streams of investment to secure its long-term future after the Government decided to cease funding it from January of next year.

The board of the airport and its majority shareholder, Galway Chamber, has confirmed it will hire “specialists” in finance and investment, who will help the airport fundraise from private third-party investors, businesses and local authorities, Galway City and County Councils.

In a joint statement this week, airport management and the Chamber said they were “confident about the future for Galway Airport”, even though they had consistently said the airport would close if state subsidy was not forthcoming.

They also both jointly rejected the inference by the Minister for Transport and Tourism, Leo Varadkar, that Galway Airport is not a strategic asset and therefore not important to the economic development of the west region.

“In his announcement last week Minister Varadkar said that he was going to concentrate on supporting ‘strategic’ airports and what he was saying by not supporting Galway is that Galway is not a strategic airport. Well we completely reject that and we are reiterating that Galway Airport is a strategic airport in supporting business and jobs and promoting tourism in Galway City, County and the West. It is a strategic asset because of the economic impact it has.

Is this an indicator of how the West of Ireland and Galway is going to be treated? We have to make a stand,” said Managing Director Joe Walsh.

See this week’s Connacht Tribune for full story.

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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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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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