Date Published: 09-Jan-2013
The rate of unemployment across Galway appears to be stabilising.
The number of people on the live register across the city and county dropped slightly at the end of 2012 compared to 2011.
At the end of 2012, 22 thousand and 81 people were registered unemployed in Galway – that’s a drop of 504 on the year previous.
However, it’s an increase of 552 compared to November 2012 – the highest increase is recorded in the city with an extra 319 extra people signing on last month.
The city’s number of unemployed now stands at 11,096 that’s a drop of 513 compared to the end of 2011.
In Ballinasloe, the number of people getting dole payments is 2,545 that’s an extra 19 people compared to the end of 2011.
In Clifden, where there was a drop of 50 people on the live register last month compared to the same time the year previous.
There is now 1,291 people registered unemployed in Clifden.
In Gort, the number of unemployed is 1,457 that’s up 16 on the figure at the end of 2011.
To Loughrea, and the number of unemployed increased slightly at 41 people compared to the end of 2011 – there is now 2,396 people getting dole payments in the region.
And finally to Tuam, there was a drop of 17 on the live register number compared to 2011, the number unemployed is now 3,296.
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.