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GOVERNMENT AWARDS CONTRACT FOR ARAN ISLAND TRANSPORT LINK

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 31-Oct-2012

A vital transport link is now secured for Galway’s island communities for the next five years.

That’s according to Galway West Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne whose comments follow an announcement by government to award a contract for bus and ferry services for the Aran Islands to Aran Ferries Teo.

It covers the period from 1st November 2012 to 31st October 2017 and will provide for two return sailings daily, seven days a week, plus an additional sailing at midday on Sunday in the months of June, July and August.

The contract is worth in the region of 600 to 700 thousand euro and covers Inis Meain and Inis Oirr.

Deputy Sean Kyne says a decision on a separate contract for Inis Mor is expected to be decided in the coming weeks.

He told Galway Bay fm news that the contract demonstrates the level of commitment from government to maintain essential island transport services here.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

 

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