Major travel disruption is expected in Galway again this morning, as the national Bus Eireann strike enters its second day.
The Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, has appealed to members of the National Bus and Rail Union to immediately enter talks to resolve the dispute – which has resulted in disruption on over 95 per cent of Bus Eireann’s services.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers held a picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city last evening.
School buses are expected to operate as normal this morning, despite the rolling strike.
Bus Eireann Spokesman Andrew McLindon says the union has assured them school buses won’t be affected.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.
TD Claire Kerrane calls for inclusion of oil in Business Energy Support Scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Governement to include oil as part of the new Business Energy Support Scheme.
Deputy Kerrane claims the support is excluding businesses based on energy usage.
The Roscommon/Galway TD has raised the issue in the Dáil, however Finance Minister Paschal Donohue says it’s not possible to include oil at this time.
She says it’s important we support businesses, especially over the winter months: