Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the future provision of a passenger ferry service to Inis Mor during the off-peak winter months, in the absense of a State subsidy.
The matter was raised in the Seanad this week where Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames said the local co-op had fears for the uncertainty of the service.
It’s now a year since the Government subsidised contract ceased for the passenger ferry leading to fare price increases for islanders.
Expressions of interest had been sought at the time for a further five year contract up to 2018, however no tenders were received.
Subsequent discussions with the provider failed after a request for an increase in the annual subvention was turned down.
Seantor Healy Eames told the Seanad that islanders have been hit with significant travel increases and now fear the winter service may be in jeopardy.
Speaking on behalf of Minister Dinny McGinley, Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the Department is aware of the current operator’s concerns regarding the viability of the winter service.
However she said while the Department is open to finding a solution to the problem, there are no plans to readvertise the tender.
Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are continuing to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort.
Due to the depletion of water in the reservoir, there will be an outage until approximately 8 tonight to allow levels to recover.
Galway County Council working in partnership with Irish Water say there may be further outages overnight, but every effort will be made to restore supply to all areas as soon as possible.
Step forward in redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in the redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub, with the opening of the tender process.
The Department of Transport and URDF funded plan aims to transform the station area as integrated public transport hub.
Speaking as the tender process was announced Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ease of transfer between rail and bus at the upgraded train station will support the compact and sustainable growth of the city.
Subject to the tender process and funding approvals, Iarnród Éireann envisages awarding the main construction contract by mid-2023, with a construction phase of 30 months.
The work will include a new entrance and facade, new customer facilities, enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services and a new roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright spaces.
Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said this investment, along with progress in delivering BusConnects Galway, will provide more options on how people can travel to,from and around the city and county.
Clár na gComhlachtaí launched at Connemara school by Junior Gaeltacht Minister
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today saw the official launch of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the Student Enterprise Programme, provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).
The hands-on business learning experience was launched in in Coláiste Cholmcille in the Connemara Gaeltacht today by Minister for State for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers
Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages budding entrepreneurs in Transition Year in the Gaeltacht areas of Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford to develop their own mini-enterprises and compete in a national final.