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INIS MOR FERRY PRICES TO INCREASE TODAY

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Date Published: 01-Feb-2013

Residents on the Aran Island of Inis Mor are to see an increase in ferry travel fares from today (Feb 1).

It’s after the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht confirmed that its ferry contract to the largest of the Aran Islands is being discontinued.

It means the price of a return adult ticket will increase from 8 to 15 euro from today (Feb 1) – the fare price previously in place in 2005 prior to the department contract being issued.

The existing operator, Island Ferries, had sought an increase in the annual subvention and says the subsidy on offer did not make it viable for it to operate the new contract.

However, for the other two aran islands, a contract has been agreed between the Department to provide a passenger ferry service between Inis Meáin/Inis Oírr and the mainland for the period until 31 October 2017.

Galway West Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh has called on the department to review the situation

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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