Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
By Dara Bradley
Plans to downgrade the Army barracks in Renmore are ‘back on the table’ as the new Minister for Defence is considering an old proposal to disband the country’s only Irish speaking battalion.
In February, this newspaper revealed that a proposal to disband the Army’s only Irish speaking battalion, An Céad Cath, was under consideration by the previous government, which would have resulted in a reduction in personnel from 234 to 69 at Dún Uí Mhaoiliosa.
But there was uproar over the plan to redeploy the soldiers to Athlone and the previous Minister for Defence, Galway West Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív, in one of his last acts before leaving government in March, gave a direction – which was agreed at Cabinet – to the Department of Defence that a full-strength Irish speaking battalion should be retained in any reconfiguration of the Defence Forces.
Ó Cuív’s eleventh hour decision effectively secured the future of Renmore barracks, but the concerns about An Chéad Chath and Renmore Barracks have resurfaced again after Defence Minister Alan Shatter this week rescinded the order made by his predecessor.
In a written reply to Deputy Ó Cuív, who asked if his direction still stood, Minister Shatter said all options are under consideration to find savings and cut costs in the Defence budget.
And Deputy Ó Cuív told the Galway City Tribune yesterday that not only has the Minister not ruled out the downgrading of Renmore Barracks, but the indications coming from well-placed military sources and from within the department are that the Government would “now be proceeding to implement the proposal to reduce personnel from 234 to 69”.
Deputy Ó Cuív said if it is implemented, the decision would, in time, effectively lead to the closure of Renmore Barracks.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.