Date Published: 06-Nov-2012
Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has called for Rehab charity boss Angela Kerins to be brought before an Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee to discuss her salary.
In a recent Twitter post, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has said that the Rehab chief executive and the organisation’s board should be called before the powerful committee because Ms Kerins "earns more than the Taoiseach".
The demand comes after the Irish Independent revealed this week that Ms Kerins was paid almost €220,000 in fees for sitting on four state boards since she became Rehab boss.
The Rehab Group says the fees received by Angela Kerins were over a six year period and donated to charitable causes.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Senator Healy Eames says the position needs to be clarified given cuts to Rehab in Galway of late.
Rehab Enterprises blamed the economic downturn and poor market conditions for the redundancies of 18 staff at its centre at Parkmore in the city, earlier this year.
However, it said those who wish to move on to further employment would be given help to in securing other jobs either with the Rehab group or externally.
Senator Healy Eames says the chief executive’s salary needs to be explained in light of such difficult decisions by the group elsewhere.
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.