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Legal threat could cause major Quirke Road hold-up

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Date Published: 12-May-2011

BY FRANK FARRAGHER

THE €10m Seamus Quirke road enhancement project could face a major delay after it emerged this week that lands encroached on by the contractor had not been legally secured by the City Council.

Work has now stopped on part of the project that started last October at the Dúnárás apartment block beside the Fort Lorenzo roundabout, after the owners of the property engaged in legal correspondence with the City Council on the issue.

The Galway City Tribune understands that the owners of the Dúnárás apartments – used mainly for student accommodation – are claiming that there was encroachment on their property without any agreement having been reached with them on compensation.

Negotiations have been going on for some weeks in an effort to reach agreement on compensation terms between the City Council and Dúnárás – however, the Galway City Tribune has learned that there is a ‘significant difference’ between the sides on this issue.

Although it hasn’t been confirmed by either side, the compensation figure sought could be in the region of €200,000 – if no agreement is reached after arbitration, then the City Council could have to go down the road of getting a compulsory purchase order on the lands, a procedure that could take a year to 18 months.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

 

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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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