Date Published: 03-May-2011
AN independent body is to examine how to axe 20 seats in the Dáil which will involve reducing Galway West to a four seat constituency.
This process is to start in a few months time and already there are fears that it could be bad news for sitting TD Noel Grealish.
Currently there are five seats available in Galway West but as part of the Government’s promised political reform, the day of the five seater constituency is set to become a thing of the past.
Deputy Grealish is likely to see a major tract of his stomping ground carved up and moved into an enlarged Galway East constituency.
There is speculation that areas close to Oranmore, Turloughmore and across to Annaghdown will become part of the Galway East constituency when the reforms are completed.
It means that Carnmore based Deputy Grealish will see a large chunk of his base being consigned into Galway East and there is every possibility that he could even stand in this constituency in the next general election.
And the same is true of Fine Gael’s Sen. Fidelma Healy Eames who is likely to see a large number of her votes being removed from her grasp and if she decides to contest the next general election, she too could ply her trade in Galway East – she has a lot of family connections in North Galway.
Galway West TD Brian Walsh said that it was likely that Galway would lose one TD as part of the reforms and the speculation was on that being in Galway West.
He said that the independent body which would make the recommendations would be considering the recent census figures but expected the process to begin this summer.
Deputy Walsh said that the reform could change the landscape of the Galway West constituency and added that no outgoing seat was safe if it was reduced to a four seater.
Fine Gael won two seats for the first time since the early ‘80s but they could also face a major difficulty in retaining them although Deputy Brian Walsh and Deputy Sean Kyne are well placed geographically if the constituency is to be reduced to a four seater.
In five years time Fianna Fail’s Deputy Eamon O Cuiv may not be a candidate and it is unlikely that former Minister Frank Fahey will throw his name into the ring following his inability to retain his seat.
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.