Date Published: 17-Apr-2011
GALWAY-BASED playwright Margaretta D’Arcy refused to stand for a minute’s silence for murdered Northern Ireland police officer Ronan Kerr, at a meeting of the State-sponsored artist’s body, Aosdana.
That’s according to a report in the "Sunday Independent" which states that all present at the meeting stood in a joint tribute to the PSNI man, except the Galway playwright.
The report states that, when contected in Galway, the playwright confirmed that her action was a deliberate one, and she described the decision of the meeting to have the minute’s silence as "opportunist".
She said she did not know anything about Ronan Kerr and while it was sad that a young man got blown up, politics is not part of Aosdanda’s work.
The report also states that Margaretta D’Arcy has been well known as a political activist who has held strong republican views.
It added that she was jailed twice in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, during which she joined the republican women’s no-wash protest in Armagh.
Margaretta D’Arcy is one of 249 members of Aosdana set up by the Arts Council in 1981 under Charlie Haughey’s government and all members are eligible to receive over 17,000 Euro in a payment known as a Cnuas each year.
According to the report, the Aosdana website shows that, like most of its members, Ms D’Arcy was in receipt of the annual payment of 17,180 Euro in 2010.
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.