Date Published: 21-Jun-2011
By Denise McNamara
Thousands of householders were left without water for 24 hours – but Galway City Council has apologised for failing to communicate the planned water outage across much of the city and suburbs last week.
The supply for thousands of householders was cut off for up to 24 hours and left many of the best known restaurants and pubs struggling to stay open.
The water supply was planned to be cut from 9pm on Thursday to allow a new connection to a 450mm watermain as part of the major roadworks on the Seamus Quirke Road.
It was to affect the supply in Rahoon, the Westside, Shantalla, parts of Salthill and Knocknacarra until 6am on Friday. However the disruption spread much wider, cutting off water across the city centre, particularly hitting Dominick Street and the array of pubs and restaurants in this part of the west.
Some householders did not get reconnected until late Friday night, with low pressure particularly affecting Cruachán Park and Claremont Park and other areas experiencing significant air locks.
Some homes were worried about the quality of the water when it returned as it was reported to be cloudy across much of the affected areas.
Due to a “miscommunication error” the public was not informed ahead of the disruption.
“We got a considerable amount of flak from businesses – and restaurants in particular – for failing to notify them of the planned water outage,” a spokesman admitted.
“We put our hands up on Friday morning and apologised for the miscommunication error. Galway Bay FM did not put out the notice and it did not go out on the website. We did have a problem getting the message out but we’ve certainly learned our lesson.”
The out-of-hours phone service was inundated with callers on Thursday night asking why the water was cut and wanting to lodge a complaint. Dozens of calls were also taken by staff all day on Friday.
“There are a couple more connections to be done and there may be further outages. But we will definitely give sufficient notice in the future,” explained the spokesman.
“The main problem was that people didn’t expect it and couldn’t plan for it.”
Director of services for transport and infrastructure, recreation and amenity Ciarán Hayes apologised publicly for the mistake on Galway Bay FM.
And thousands more householders in Oranmore, Claregalway, Athenry, Tuam and Spiddal will be without water today (Tuesday) due to works being carried out on the Luimnigh water treatment plant.
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.