Date Published: 26-Jun-2012
A two month amnesty period is needed in Galway to microchip all horses and take unwanted strays out of the system through an organised cull.
That’s according to Cllr Gerry Finnerty who called on the Department of Agriculture to take the lead in tackling the growing animal welfare problem in both the city and county.
Two department officials addressed county council members last evening [Jun 25] on the relevant powers available under the Control of Horses Act 1996 and the process of equine identification.
These include Section 47 of the Act which allows for exclusion areas to be applied and Section 37 which allows authorised persons to seize of detain stray horses.
Cllr Jim Cuddy said the legislation is not sufficient to tackle the Galway problem as once a registered horse is sold on, there is no traceability of subsequent owners.
Cllr Dermot Connolly supported the call for an amnesty period for cull or slaughter as did Cllr Michael Connolly who stressed that hungry animals see no fences and are causing huge safety concerns.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Cllr Gerry Finnerty says the many strays and starving horses found across the county are being considered as waste and must be taken out of the system or chipped by their rightful owners
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.