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CRANE ALARM HALTS FERRY LOADING AT GALWAY DOCKS

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Date Published: 16-Apr-2011

 

The latest attempt to load two Aran Ferries onto a cargo ship at Galway Docks has been suspended once more.

The operation to transfer the ‘Clann Eagle 1’ ferry onto the deck of the ‘Thor Gitta’ Danish cargo ship was halted shortly after 2 o’clock this afternoon.

The ferry was lifted a short distance out of the water but lowered back down again after a safety alarm on one of the cranes sounded.

The Captain of the ship took the decision to halt the operation and sent technicians out to examine the cranes.

Mariners and divers had been working since 7 o’clock this morning to fit the slings around and under the boats.

The Admiralty order arresting the ship was also lifted this afternoon and the ship is now free to sail out of port.

The ferries have been dogged by bad luck since the ‘MV Pantanal’ ran aground off Casla Bay over two weeks ago, and three men were injured on board the ‘Clann na nOileán’ ferry last week.

Galway Harbour Master Brian Sheridan says it’s now going to be Monday at the earliest before the next attempt will be made to move the two Aran Ferries onto the ‘Thor Gitta’.

Meanwhile the original cargo ship which was meant to transport the two ferries, the ‘MV Pantanal’, sailed out of Galway Bay at 3 o’clock this afternoon.

The Marine Survey Office agreed to allow it leave Irish Waters after an investigation into why it ran aground in Casla Bay over two weeks ago was completed.

It’s bound for drydock in Bremerhaven in Germany for repairs and will reach there next Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

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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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