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Airport staff face gloomy wait on their future

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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.

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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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