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Marina guarantors face six figure bill as state pulls project

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Date Published: 20-Apr-2011

A well-known Connemara businessman has asked local people to help him out as he faces possible Court action in relation to a guarantee he provided for a loan for a community based project.

Malachy Kearns who owns the Roundstone Musical Instruments Centre – known internationally for the bodhráns produced there – is among a group of people who guaranteed a loan for preparatory work for the development of a marina in Roundstone Bay.

The Roundstone group were acting in a voluntary capacity and guaranteed the repayment of a loan of over €100,000 in the belief that Government grants would be forthcoming.

They are now stuck with heavy personal bills following confirmation by the Government that it will not give any money for the proposed marina.

The Department for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs has written to the group telling them that the marina project didn’t have the business potential to warrant grant aid from the State.

The saga in relation to the proposed marina has gone on for a decade and it leaves four people with a financial mess on their hands.

Malachy Kearns read out the contents of a letter from representative for the Allied Irish Bank dated April 13 2011 in which he is asked to repay €25,000 as a result of his personal guarantee for a community loan in Roundstone.

He was asked to give details about his plans to repay the money and was told that any resources which he had in that bank could be used against the outstanding loan. He was also threatened with legal proceeding and possible Court action unless he pays up.

See full story in this week’s Connacht 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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