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EMERGENCY CITY TRAFFIC MEETING DESCENDS INTO FARCE

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Date Published: 06-Sep-2011

 

No concrete solutions have been found to the city’s continuing traffic crisis.

Last night’s special meeting was a blame game which descended into farce at times.

The writing was on the wall from the outset when Mayor Hildegarde Naughton announced that the Gardai had pulled out of attending

Among themselves councillors spent large portions of the night engaged in petty bickering and loud attempts at political point scoring.

Director of Services Ciaran Hayes accused several councillors of proposing motions that lacked reality or research or funding

The motions centred on matters such as park n ride, three lane contra traffic flow on dual carriageways, night-time road works and implementing the smarter travel initiative

However Mr Hayes continues to state that the city’s traffic problems are due to the fact that it is not by-passed and that it needs an urban traffic management control centre.

For now, there are real fears of an escalation of the traffic crisis when work begins on removing the Lynch roundabout at Briarhill next week.

Cllr Padraig Conneely was told by the manager that his motion to defer the 8 week project was illegal because the contract has been awarded.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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