Date Published: 12-May-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
A Galway city councillor has said that no sensitive information was accessed or stolen after his private email account was hacked this week.
However, Fianna Fáil Councillor Peter Keane – who is also a practising solicitor – said he is “very concerned” that his Gmail account was hacked despite him using what was considered a ‘strong’ password.
Hundreds of people on Cllr Keane’s mailing list received a scam email on Wednesday morning claiming he was stranded in Scotland without access to money.
He said he believes his Apple iPhone may also have been compromised because the email account is synchronised with the phone.
By 10am on Wednesday morning, Cllr Keane has received numerous calls from friends and colleagues warning him his account had been compromised, while several were quite concerned.
The email read: “Apologies for having to reach out to you like this, I made a trip earlier this week to Scotland and had my bag stolen from me with my passport, mobile phone, credit cards and personal effects therein.
“The embassy is ready to assist me by letting me fly without my passport but I will have to pay for my ticket and settle the hotel bills where i am currently having my accommodation.
“Unfortunately for me, I can not access the funds without my credit card, I’ve already contacted my bank, but they need more days to get a new one. I was thinking of asking you to lend me some funds so that i can facilitate my return which i will pay back as soon as i return home.
"I can forward details on how to get the fund to me if you can help as i need to be on the next available flight,” it read, as well as supplying a ‘hotel’ phone number.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.