Date Published: 11-Dec-2012
An amended budget for 2013 has been debated and voted on by City Councillors.
There was some positive news since the initial draft was published last week as Cllrs were advised of over 459 thousand in extra funds due to a lesser than expected local government fund cut, a reduction in insurance premia and revised rates valuation.
The amendment proposed by Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Crowe and seconded by Independent Cllr Declan McDonnell was voted for by 9 councillors and voted against by 6 at a special meeting last evening.
Changes include a cut to Failte Ireland funding of 50 thousand euro and the provision of 150 thousand euro towards a Local Area Improvement Scheme.
Labour’s budget presentation proposed that an increase in the cost of brown bin waste to 10 cent per kilo be rejected.
It was also proposed by Labour that funding is allocated to Galway Fire Services contingent on co-funding from the county council and the retention of the 2.5mile radius for health and safety reasons.
The amendment to the budget proposed by Cllr Michael Crowe included increases to the city promotional fund, arts and sports grants, the civic trust as well as gaillimh le gaeilge.
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.