Around 20 Bus Eireann drivers are picketing outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this morning.
It’s part of a nationwide day of protest, by members of the National Bus and Rail Workers Union over 5 million euro worth of cuts in their overtime and premium payments.
There are currently no Bus Eireann services operating out of Galway city, and there is no information on its website regarding today’s Galway routes.
Over 100 Galway Bus Eireann drivers, or 70 percent of the drivers, are affiliated with the NBRU.
General secretary of the NBRU, Michael Faherty says the union will not accept the cost cutting recommendation.
Bus Eireann is advising all intending passengers to check the company’s website -www.buseireann.ie – for the latest information.
The company says it will lose 200-thousand euro for every day that the strike continues.
Spokesperson for Bus Eireann Andrew McLindon says this industrial action is putting jobs and the future viability of the company at risk
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.
TD Claire Kerrane calls for inclusion of oil in Business Energy Support Scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Governement to include oil as part of the new Business Energy Support Scheme.
Deputy Kerrane claims the support is excluding businesses based on energy usage.
The Roscommon/Galway TD has raised the issue in the Dáil, however Finance Minister Paschal Donohue says it’s not possible to include oil at this time.
She says it’s important we support businesses, especially over the winter months: