Date Published: 14-Apr-2011
By Denise McNamara
Families who want to bury their loved ones over the weekend have been forced to delay proceedings as a result of a shortage of Council staff.
The issue of burials on Saturdays and Sundays was raised at this week’s City Council meeting by Councillor Ollie Crowe, who believes there should be a change of policy to accommodate bereaved families.
A recent case involved complaints from one family to several councillors.
Council staff in the two city local authority cemeteries – Bohermore and St Joseph’s in Rahoon – can dig a maximum of four graves a day between both graveyards on Saturdays and Sundays.
Only Council staff oversee the digging of the grave, in contrast to burials in rural areas which are traditionally carried out by friends and neighbours.
Once that limit is reached in the city, no further burials are permitted. Undertakers are obliged to contact Council officials by noon on a weekday to book a funeral.
The recent case came to the attention of councillors because the undertaker who told the family to go ahead with the arrangements without finalising the details with the Council first. Death notices were published advising of the weekend burial but then had to be changed after the Council indicated it could not provide the staff to organise the grave to be dug.
Cllr Crowe : “I’m aware of at least three cases in the past six weeks where this has happened. Families surely go through enough stress without giving them more. They shouldn’t have to suffer without arguing or bickering over an extra couple of quid.”
A spokesman from the council said three workers were needed to oversee a burial. There was a shortage of staff in every department due to the public service moratorium.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.