Date Published: 13-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
Late night buskers will no longer deprive city centre residents of a night’s sleep after Galway City Council adopted new byelaws to limit the hours in which street performances can take place last night.
Councillors unanimously agreed to back the byelaws which will make it an offence for street performers to make noise after 11pm at night during the summer months and after 10pm from November to February.
But last night’s meeting of the local authority heard that seven of the nine submissions made in relation to the proposed byelaws related to the nuisance caused by street performers during the day, and not just late night noise.
A number of Councillors expressed concern that musicians were using amplification during the day which caused a huge nuisance to office and shop workers.
Director of Services Kevin Swift said that the Council had examined byelaws in other cities and decided that the “simplest thing” was to prohibit performances between certain periods.
He said that the submissions received while the new regulations were being drafted showed that there was huge concern among business about amplification “at all times” and not just late at night.
Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) said it was clear that the issue of amplification needed to be dealt with when so many of the submissions dealt with the matter.
“I was in town one Saturday recently and, my God, it drove me out of the city,” she said. “A Garda told me that there was nothing he could do about it. I must stress that I am not against busking, but I am against amplification.”
Cllr Catherine Connolly (Ind) said the proposed byelaws came from city residents themselves and she suggested earlier ‘curfew’ times of 10pm (winter) and 11pm (summer), rather than the draft proposals of 11 pm and midnight, which were unanimously accepted by her colleagues.
She said the issue of amplification was the next one which would have to be dealt with by the Council’s Environmental Special Policy Committee.
“People working in offices have difficulties with buskers who have one tune,” said Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind). “The business community are raising this with our wardens day in, day out.”
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.