Date Published: 02-May-2011
Efforts to bring gorse fires across Galway under control are continuing this evening.
Fire fighters are battling an extensive bog fire that broke out in Looscaun along the main Portumna to Scariff road this afternoon.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the area if possible because of poor visibility.
Meanwhile, fire fighters are still at the scene of a gorse fire in the Rosmuc area that broke out this morning.
In the Mountbellew area, Gardaí say they are liasing with Fire fighters who continue to monitor an area of land that is still smouldering after a major fire last night.
The fire broke out in the Springlawn/Gurteen area yesterday afternoon.
As the winds and dry weather continued to feed the flames, the fire stretched along bog lands and posed a serious threat to homes in the area.
Fire crews from Mountbellew, Roscommon, and others areas were drafted in to fight the blaze with the help of a Helicopter, and managed to get it under control this morning.
Two houses in the area were saved from the flames, however local Gardaí say the fire claimed several hectares of forestry that belongs to Coillte.
This is the latest in a series of bog and gorse fires to take place in the Mountbellew area over the past few days.
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.