Date Published: 07-Jun-2011
Galway Airport has been saved, but for this year only.
Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar, has agreed to provide 6 million euro to six regional airports this year.
1.25 million will be given to the Carnmore facility to meet its costs for 2011.
However, Minister Varadkar makes it very clear it will not be possible to provide any further funding to Galway Airport beyond the end of this year.
But in their new business plan, airport management say they will need Government support until 2014.
Responding to the news Galway West Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh says the airport must bring in cost-cutting measures and boost passenger numbers if its to survive over the next few years.
Deputy Walsh says it’s now up to Galway Airport to secure its future over the next three years.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.