Date Published: 22-Jun-2011
Savage cuts Galway County Council’s budget has left the local authority on track to run out of money for essential works like road repairs and hedge cutting – to the point where management has warned some senior staff that there may only be enough left to cover wages and nothing else up to the end of the year.
Engineers have been told that the Council is so strapped for cash that it may not be in a position to buy any more materials unless it gets a ‘dig out’ from central Government.
It also means that workers may be deployed from one part of the county to another to work in areas where other local authority projects are being carried out.
There is also the great fear that Galway County Council many not be in a position to purchase grit in the event of freezing conditions similar to last winter.
It is not the only budget that has been exhausted – the HSE West confirmed that its patient taxi service is running over-budget and will be reviewed, although their Regional Director insisted that no dialysis or cancer patient would be left stranded without transport.
Over €3m has been spent already this year by HSE West on taxi services for patients attending dialysis or going for cancer treatments.
The budget for the region – which extends from Donegal to Limerick – has already overrun by €1m and John Hennessy, Regional Director of the HSE, said this week that the “indiscriminate use” of the patient taxi service would end and that it would not be available to people who could provide their own transport.
It’s a similar situation at Galway County Council where senior engineers were called to a meeting and were relayed the grim news that there is no money in the pot to purchase basic materials to repair roads or fill potholes.
And this has prompted Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish to raise the matter with the Department of the Environment and demand that more essential funding be made available to the County Council.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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.