Date Published: 15-May-2012
City councillors expressed concern last evening, that a legal battle to remove Occupy Galway campers could cost the city more than it can afford in legal bills.
The issue of what to do about the seven-month long encampment overshadowed the start of yesterday’s council meeting at City Hall.
City Manager Joe O’Neill announced at yesterday’s meeting that the process of removing the Occupy camp from Eyre Square is now in train.
However, he refused to be drawn into any detail of what exactly this would entail at the city council meeting, which got off to a roaring start with councillors bickering over the long-standing protest camp.
Councillor Padraig Conneelly introduced a survey he said was completed by 25 businesses around the environs of Eyre Square, and said that all of the respondents wanted the camp removed.
He said the council and Gardai needed to take decisive action, as was seen with the Dame Street Occupy camp in Dublin.
Councillor Donal Lyons told the meeting that he resented the costs that would be implicated in having the camp removed.
Meanwhile, Councillor Catherine Connolly maintained a staunch defence of the encampment on Eyre Square, congratulating protesters for what she called “courage to stand up for what they believe in, in this rotten rotten country.”
The city council said it was fully committed to removing the camp, and that there was a plan in place to deal with the seven-month encampment.
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.