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Labour Relations Commission may be required in Galway hauliers dispute

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Labour Relations Commission could be drafted in to assist in a dispute between Roadstone Wood Limited and hauliers nationwide, including Galway.

The Irish Road Haulage Association has made representations to Minister Richard Bruton who said the LRC could assist in remedying the current difficulties.

The Galway tipper truck operators had threatened to withdraw services from the firm from this week but later cancelled such action as they entered into negotiation with management.

Hauliers in Clare and Kerry have withdrawn services over recent weeks.

The dispute centres on a reduction in rates of between 5 and 15%, which was agreed in late 2009 on the basis that it was a short-term measure to be in place for six to 12 months.

Operators argue current rates are no longer viable due to significant fuel increases.

Eoin Gavin is President of the Irish Road Haulage Association and says a solution must be found through open dialogue.

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Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate down almost half since last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 infection rate is down by almost half week-on-week.

The latest NPHET figures show the 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 in the city and county now stands at 574.3 – that’s compared to 1016.8 this day last week.

1,482 new cases of the virus have been recorded in Galway over the past two weeks, including 588 in the last seven days.

The figure of 574.3 leaves Galway roughly mid-table among counties, with the national average now standing at 674.

Monaghan has the highest rate in the country at 1399.3, followed by Louth at 1044.3, while Leitrim has maintained the lowest rate at 271.5.

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Fresh calls to trial cycle path along Salthill Prom

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is facing renewed calls to trial a two-way cycle path along Salthill Prom.

The Galway Urban Greenway Alliance says it could be the first step in laying the groundwork for a coastal greenway from Galway to Barna via Salthill.

It argues recent changes to the prom, including limitations on parking and gatherings, mean now is the perfect time to trial such infrastructure.

The group says the local authority previously indicated the Barna Greenway or Salthill cycleway projects were not a priority due to a lack of resources.

Campaigner Michelle Smyth says the recent announcement of almost 250 new “active travel” jobs in Ireland’s local authorities could address the situation.

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Galway TD asks Government to prioritise additional parental leave

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to prioritise introducing the additional three week parental leave that was approved last month.

Deputy Mairéad Farrell says with many creches closed or taking severely reduced numbers, and family members unable to provide care under current restrictions, there is no room for delays.

Additional parental leave was announced in Budget 2020 and approved last month by Cabinet.

It applies to parents of children born after November 1st 2019 and would see them entitled to five weeks leave after their child is born or adopted.

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