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EUROPEAN COMMISSIONER REACTS TO TURF CUTTERS DEFIANCE

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Date Published: 06-Apr-2012

The European Environment Commissioner is ‘disappointed’ with the decision of farmers in Galway and other areas to defy a ban on turf cutting.

Janez Potocnik reacted to news that the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association, or TCCA, has pulled out of talks with government on finding a solution for farmers with raised bogs in areas of special conservation.

Government ministers Phil Hogan and Jimmy Deenihan were in Brussels earlier this week accompanied by Conor Skehan, chairman of the Peatlands Council.

They delivered a three-year transitional plan, prepared by the TCCA, to the European commissioner, but failed to get permission for Irish farmers to cut on protected bogs this year.

The TCCA reacted angrily, and vowed to go ahead and cut on bogs, regardless of the fact that turf-cutters may face prosecution for flouting the law, and that Ireland could be fined up to twenty five thousand a day.

TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan said turf-cutters were vindicating their rights by cutting this year on bogs their families have cut on for hundreds of years.

He said government had itself to blame if the country faced fines from Europe

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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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