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.
City Councillor backs calls from Water Safety Ireland warning about inflatable toys in open water as World Drowning Prevention Day is marked
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Councillor Niall McNelis has backed calls by Water Safety Ireland warning the public against using inflatable toys in open water.
Today marks World Drowning Prevention Day and the city councillor said they should never be used at rivers, lakes and beaches.
Lifeguards trained by Water Safety Ireland have also seen an increase in the use of inflatable toys such as air mattresses, boats and inflatable rings.
Both the Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety organisations have called on everybody to redouble their efforts to ensure that basic safety precautions are observed when recreating on or near the water.
Councillor McNelis said that the lead of Clare and Waterford County Councils to ban inflatables from bathing areas should be followed nationally.
1,126 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,126 new cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
123 patients are currently being treated in Irish hospitals with the virus in comparison with 105 yesterday.
Of those, 22 are in intensive care units, an increase of one.
The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,285, compared to 1,101 this day last week.
The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 321, while the seven-day moving average is 1,229.
The head of the HSE says almost 70 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Paul Reid says more than 5.5 million doses have been administered so far.
He says over 80 percent of adults have now had at least one dose.
LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.
Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.
The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.
Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.
He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.