Date Published: 15-May-2012
Galway City Council says it’s doing everything in its power to control wandering horses across Galway.
Several councillors claim current legislation used by city officials does not go far enough to control the problem.
20 horses have been impounded so far this year, while up to 100 were impounded last year at an estimated cost of 100 thousand euro.
At a recent meeting of the Environment SPC it was agreed that the ‘animals Act 1985’ was sufficient to deal with the control of animals.
However, at last evenings council meeting, Councillor Frank Fahy said the fact that the committee had decided to stick with the current status quo was ‘ludicrous’.
Councillor Terry O’ Flaherty added that updated legislation-the 96 control of horses act should be introduced, and that chipping animals should be seriously considered.
Councillor Catherine Connolly said that while they can’t have horses roaming in green areas, imposing a new act would impose a new layer of beuracracy and city council simply did not have the staff.
Councillor Donal Lyons said that the council had to get real and not introduce new measures if they couldn’t be implemented.
Speaking on Galway Talks- Kevin Swift says the real problem is cost, and some horse owners simply don’t have the money to deal with the matter.
The issue is expected to be raised at future meetings of Galway city council.
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.