Contract awarded for Galway public bike scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Rothar Nua has been awarded the contract for Galway city’s public bike scheme.
The consortium of Irish and European companies will provide bikes for the initiative which will be launched in the autumn.
The ‘Coke Zero Bikes’ scheme is to be rolled out in Galway, Cork and Limerick this autumn.
The consortium includes Galway firm West Ireland Cycling Limited, Dublin firm Mobile Research Solutions Limited and others firms from France and Luxembourg.
205 bikes will be provided in Galway city with 19 bike stations and 395 bike stands.
The €4.5m contract covers the supply and installation of the bike share scheme in the three cities.
The annual operation cost will be €1.25m.
Coca-Cola Ireland has partnered with the National Transport Authority to progress the scheme.
It’s hoped it will be operational in five to six months.
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Seanad hears up to 900 on waiting lists across five Galway city schools
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senator Sean Kyne has told the Seanad there are over 850 children on waiting lists across five schools in Galway city.
He cites there are around 100 on lists for Coláiste Mhuire Mhaithair, Educate Together, Coláiste Iognaid and The Bish, while there are 360 on the Coláiste Éidne list alone.
In a response on behalf of Minister Norma Foley, it was stated the Department is aware of the issue and a number of building projects to expand schools are currently underway.
Senator Kyne says those long and medium-term plans are welcome, but action is needed now:
100 PhD researchers protest at University of Galway over pay and conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 100 PhD researchers and students have taken part at a protest at the University of Galway today over pay.
It coincides with a national protest organised by the Postgraduate Workers Organisation, who marched to the Dáil at the same time.
The group are looking to secure better pay, as on average they say they earn less than €18,500 a year, and do not have adequate workers’ rights.
Our reporter Sarah Slevin attended the protest to hear the group’s concerns:
Status yellow wind warning for Galway until 5PM
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow wind warning is in place for Galway until 5PM today.
The alert, which came into effect early this morning, is also in place for County Clare.
Met Éireann isadvising there will be very strong and gusty southwest to west winds leading to some coastal flooding.