Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
THE long standing dispute that threatened to scuttle the election of Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton as Mayor of Galway was only resolved an hour before Wednesday’s City Council meeting just at the gong of the Angelus bell.
Up until 6pm on Wednesday, the fate of the mayorship hung in the balance with Independent councillor, Donal Lyons, and Fianna Fáil’s Peter Keane, threatening to withdraw from the FF, FG and Independents alliance, needed to elect Cllr. Naughton.
The dispute had its roots in a City Council planning meeting last January at which Cllr. Naughton referred to the actions of some councillors as akin to sheep going out a gap, saying that ‘if one went out they all went out’.
Cllr. Lyons and Cllr. Keane took particular umbrage at the remarks and since March 17 last, and it had been made clear to Cllr. Naughton (FG) that the duo would not be voting for her unless she unreservedly withdrew her comments.
If both councillors ‘switched camps’ and sided with the Labour Party nominee, Cllr. Colette Connolly, this would have swung the vote 8-7 in favour of Cllr. Connolly.
However, the ‘Angelus meeting’ – involving Cllr. Naughton, Mayor Michael Crowe, Cllr. Peter Keane and Cllr. Donal Lyons – resulted in a statement being drafted and being signed by the three parties involved, that Cllr. Naughton read out at the start of Wednesday’s meeting.
After that was done, the pact held, with Cllr. Naughton defeating Cllr. Connolly for the position of mayor by nine votes to 6 at the meeting which began at 7pm. She became the city’s 43rd Mayor and the seventh female ‘First Citizen’.
The FF, FG and Independents pact now looks set to ‘stay the course’ with Cllr. Terry O’Flaherty in line for the office in 2012 followed by Cllr. Padraig Conneely in 2013.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.