Date Published: 02-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
The 62 members of staff at Galway Airport are facing an anxious Bank Holiday weekend as the Government decision which will seal their fate is set to be made on Tuesday morning.
Members of the Cabinet will meet in Dublin to decide whether or not to provide the €1.7 million in operation subvention funding which is required to keep the Carnmore facility open until the end of this year.
Uncertainty over the future of the airport is already leading to a crisis in confidence amongst potential travellers and the indications from the Government are that the State subsidy will be brought to an end, forcing the closure of a facility which has provided links to the UK since 1987.
The short runway has prevented Galway Airport from catering for jet aircraft which could link the city with European destinations and, with international facilities at Shannon and Knock, the long-term viability of the facility has been called into question.
“If we don’t get Government support, we are talking about airport closure,” said Galway Airport Manager Joe Walsh yesterday. “Our future depends on Tuesday’s decision. We have not been officially told that the decision will be made on Tuesday, but we’ve heard it through the media.
“It is very difficult for all of our staff. Some people have been working here for over 20 years and they have done an exceptional job throughout that time. But the view of the Government seems to be that we have too many airports.”
He said it was ironic that Galway Airport, which currently has two direct links with London, was being threatened with closure while the new Government expresses a commitment to boosting tourism numbers.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.