Date Published: 14-Mar-2011
By Declan Tierney
The ‘rip off’ culture that exists in Galway city and other popular tourist destinations in the West of Ireland has to come to an end – that is the warning of the new Minister of State for Tourism.
In an interview with the Sentinel, Junior Minister Michael Ring said that he would be meeting with all of the tourism interests in Galway city over the coming weeks with the intention of devising a package that could be attractive to foreign tourists.
A worrying survey conducted recently revealed that Galway city had the dearest hotel room rates in the country and Minister Ring wants to change this image.
He said that Galway city and Connemara were integral parts of the tourism industry in this country and over the next few weeks he would be marketing these areas abroad.
“We have a budget in place to try and enhance our tourism revenue and get people into this country. Tourism is a growth area that has been targeted by this Government and Galway is part and parcel of this.
“But we have to get rid of the rip off culture that exists here. That is why I will be meeting with tourism groups in Galway and other regions to try and present an affordable product for visiting tourists,” Minister Ring said.
He said that he would be gathering together representatives from the hotel, pub and restaurant trade as well as the local Chamber of Commerce in Galway.
Minister Ring said that all aspects of the tourist industry would be investigated. “We are not looking for once-off business, rather the package I hope to deliver will lure repeat business back to this country – but it will need a lot of cooperation from the major players,” he warned.
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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.