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.
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Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.