Date Published: 13-Dec-2011
Galway City Council has voted to lower car parking charges around the city from January 1st.
Budget 2012, of just over €81 million, was passed at a special City Council budget meeting last evening.
Business will welcome the decision to keep commercial rates at 2011 levels – they will remain at €65.46.
The Pact members of the council, featuring Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Independent Cllrs passed their budget by a majority of ten votes to five absentions.
A similar budget proposed by the Labour councillors was voted down.
The good news for motorists is that parking charges in the city will come down from January 1st – the daily rate down to €4 and the hourly on-street parking rate of €2.60 will come down to just €2.
The Dyke Road car park will also be converted, with 320 daily parking spaces at €4 a day, and 230 spaces in a short-term car park at €2 per hour.
The Refuse waiver will be left at the 2011 levels of €250 euro which householders can claim for waste collection.
Cllrs ring-fenced funding for the Ironman competition, Sports, Arts, Gaillimh le Gaeilge and the Galway Civil Trust.
They’ve also put aside €60,000 to promote and market the city.
The council saved money by cutting €30 ,000 from beach services, €50,000 from fire services costs – which they share with the county council – and €65,000 from the city council’s pension fund.
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.