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LANDOWNERS VOICE OPPOSITION TO N17 WORKS

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Date Published: 07-Feb-2012

Proposed road realignment works along a dangerous stretch of the N17 between Milltown and Ballindine will divide land and cause huge challenges for local farmers’ management and movement of stock.

That’s one of the concerns raised at an oral hearing this afternoon for landowners affected by a compulsory purchase acquisition as part of the N17 Carrownurlaur Bends Scheme.

Six landowners have formally objected to the required land acquisition by Galway County Council involving an area 6.3 hectares in size.

The scheme commences in the townland of Gortnagunned south of Hernon’s bend and is located west of the N17 north of Coynes bend in the town of Carrownurlaur.

The route is 1.4 kilometres in length and would involve a carriageway of 7.3 metres, two hard shoulders and 2 verges.

Galway County Council argues that the safety upgrade works are vital as six road collisions have been reported on the stretch of road from 1990 to 2008 – four of these serious with five fatalities recorded in 2009.

Senior Planning Inspector Derek Daly appointed by An Bord Pleanala brought the hearing to a close in the last few minutes for preparation of a report on the proposed scheme.

At the afternoon’s hearing, concerns were also raised regarding drainage, possible flooding issues and access to water supply.

Local landowner Paddy Moran told Galway Bay fm news that dividing his land will make farming extremely difficult.

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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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