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GOVERNMENT AWARDS CONTRACT FOR ARAN ISLAND TRANSPORT LINK

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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 County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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