Date Published: 26-Mar-2011
A YOUNG man had to have his leg amputated as a result of injuries sustained after being struck by a car taking part in the 2005 Galway International Motor Rally, the High Court was told yesterday.
Today’s "Irish Times" reports that Blaine Murphy (25) suffered severe compound fractures to his left leg when he was struck by a Honda Civic which came off the road while he was watching a stage of the rally on February 5th, 2005.
At the time of the incident, which occurred on the road between Gort and Loughrea, Mr Murphy was filming cars with his camcorder. The court yesterday viewed video images of the rally taken by him at the time of the collision.
Arising from his injuries, Mr Murphy, Cashelmara, Knocknacarra, Galway, has sued the Co Galway Motor Club Ltd, Irish Motorsport Federation Ltd (Motor Sport Ireland), Motor Sport Ireland Safety Team and Brian Melia, Old Church Street, Athenry, Co Galway, the driver of the rally car.
It is claimed the rally was organised and operated by the Co Galway Motor Club under the auspices of Motor Sport Ireland and that Motor Sport Ireland Safety, a recognised club of Motor Sport Ireland, provided safety services for the rally.
The report states that Mr Murphy alleges negligence and breach of duty of care by the defendants. It is claimed there was failure to carry out an adequate risk assessment for dangers in the area where Mr Murphy was watching the rally.
All four defendants have denied the claims against them. The action before Mr Justice Brian McGovern continues next week.
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.