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IFA CALLS FOR SUPPORT IN PLANS TO REFORM STUDENT GRANT ELIGIBILITY

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 28-Aug-2012

Galway East Deputy Colm Keaveney is being urged to consider the needs of Galway farm families as part of any review of the qualifying rules for student grants.

It follows a meeting between the Labour Party Chairperson and a delegation of farm families this week led by IFA Vice President Padraic Divilly.

In a statement to FYI Galway, Deputy Keaveney says the meeting was positive and added that the debate on the issue to date has been “unfairly focused on the farming community”.

IFA Vice President Padraic Divilly has stressed that farm families CANNOT use capital allowances or other investments in plant and machinery to reduce their income for grant eligibility purposes.

However Deputy Keaveney says that while a farmer should NOT be forced to sell land to pay for education, inherited wealth or significant assets separate to those used to earn a living, should be taken into account in any new means test.

He adds that we need to reform the application process so that it provides clarity and trust in the process for all sectors, including farm families.

Deputy Keaveny has now called on the IFA “to focus its energies on resisting the prospect of a student loan scheme and to support Labour in an endeavour to maintain the current student grant system”.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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