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County Mayor says Connemara Greenway could regenerate region

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 24-Apr-2013

The Connemara Greenway project has the potential to regenerate the whole region.

That’s according to County Mayor Tom Welby who was speaking following a presentation on the planned 52 kilometre stretch from Clifden to Oughterard at the monthly meeting of the local authority.

An Bord Pleanala gave the project the go-ahead last month (March) subject to nine conditions following an oral hearing.

Senior Engineer Liam Gavin said funding of 9.2 million euro will be required and an application has gone to Failte Ireland.

He said 70 of the 80 landowners have been spoken to so far and it’s hoped to go to construction before the end of the year with construction continuing into 2014 and 2015.

Cllr Michael Mogie Maher told the meeting he’s aware of one landowner who plans to object and has three sections of land.

Cllr Eileen Mannion said she hopes such landowners will reconsider as the project would be a huge boost for the area keeping employment and young people at home.

Mayor Welby says there was a huge amount of consultation with landowners about it, an oral hearing and an independent planning process.

He said it was unfortunate some have issue with it as it’s key to regional development.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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