Date Published: 25-May-2011
Today is D-Day for Galway Airport as its board makes a last ditch attempt to prevent the Government from ‘pulling the plug’ on funding, which would close the facility – but sources close to the Cabinet say the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar is ‘not for turning’.
Representatives of the board of the airport and Galway Chamber, its majority shareholder, as well as all Galway Oireachtas members, will meet with Minister Varadkar and officials later today (Thursday) – it is the last chance to persuade the Government to support the airport through operational subvention (OPEX) funds. Without over €1 million OPEX, the facility will not be able to remain open.
Department of Transport officials held a briefing with Galway’s Labour and Fine Gael TDs on Tuesday where they expressed scepticism about the airport’s revised business plan, which is premised on almost doubling passenger numbers as well as more cost cutting.
Sources close to Cabinet say the decision to close Galway Airport has already been taken at a Cabinet meeting this week. “The Government has already made the decision to close the airport – they may fund a ‘winding down’ process but they will not give the OPEX funding,” the source said. This is in line with the Minister’s recent public utterances against providing state support for certain airports.
But Galway West TD Brian Walsh (FG) said this was not the case. “No decision has yet been made – the Cabinet is meeting next Monday and I belive that’s when it will be discussed,” he said.
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.