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Councillors issue price warning to city hotels

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Date Published: 13-Jun-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

Hotels in Galway have been asked to avoid ‘fleecing’ visitors when the gruelling Ironman event is expected to bring an injection of just under €5 million to the city at the end of the summer.

A meeting of Galway City Council heard last night that the event is expected to boost Galway’s economy by €4.9 million when it takes place in the city, Salthill, and Connemara on the first Sunday in September.

But, with the Ironman 70.3 Series set to base its Irish leg in Galway for the next five years, a number of councillors expressed concerns that some hotels might use the occasion to hike up their prices over the weekend.

“It is bad for the city when hotels put up their prices for events such as Race Week,” said Cllr Collette Connolly (Lab.). “It is great that this event provides a positive alternative to the drink culture that Galway is known for. But is it too much to hope that there will be standard rates in the hotels rather than having people fleeced continuously whenever there is a major event in Galway?”

Cllr Peter Keane (FF) described the event as a “no brainer” in terms of the benefits it would bring to the city and said it was important to make a good impression in the first year so that the Ironman would remain here for the next four years. It is the first time an Ironman event will take place in this country.

“I am hoping that the hotels won’t ‘do the dog’ on it in terms of overcharging,” he said. “It is important to give value for money, not alone to the competitors but to their entourage as well.”

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said that hotels should be encouraged to make the weekend a success and make sure that people did not leave Galway with a feeling that they had been “ripped off” during their time in the city.

Event organiser Kevin Stewart told the Councillors that all 1,800 available slots had been booked out five months ago for a contest which incorporates a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle, and a 13.1 mile run through the streets of the city.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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