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HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS PROTEST IN CITY OVER POSSIBLE GRANT CUTS

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Date Published: 14-Nov-2012

Hundreds of third level students held a major protest in the City this afternoon over possible cuts to the third level maintenance grant.

Students from GMIT, NUI Galway and Athlone IT gathered in Eyre Square to send a strong message to Government ahead of the December budget that families can’t afford to take further grant cuts or pay increases in the student contribution.

The students carried placards and blew whistles while chanting, "no ifs, no buts, no education cuts."

Galway Gardai maintained a strong presence at the protest but there were no disruptions by students.

The mobile phone numbers of Galway TDs Sean Kyne, Derek Nolan and Colm Keaveney were called out over a sound system and every student was urged to text them to vent their frustrations about the proposed cuts.

A group also marched to the office of Deputy Derek Nolan and held a peaceful protest outside it.

37% of NUI Galway students and 55% of GMIT students are in receipt of a maintenance grant.

Thousands of students are also waiting on their grant applications to be processed through SUSI.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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

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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

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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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