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MAYOR SAYS TAXPAYER IS THE VICTIM IN CITY PLAN RE-VOTE

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Date Published: 08-Jun-2011

Mayor of Galway, Michael Crowe says it’s disappointing that the taxpayer has to foot the bill for a legal challenge because the council ignored its own rules.

A controversial part of Galway City Development Plan is due to be voted again on next week following a High Court ruling yesterday.

Mr. Justice George Birmingham directed the 15 city councillors to reconsider part of the plan which would designate lands at Westside retail park as a district centre.

Former Mayor of Galway, Micheál O’ hUiginn, who took the legal action, wants the rezoning approved to allow him to build a Tesco foodstore.

A vote was taken at a meeting last January rejecting the designation, with the then Deputy Mayor, Brian Walsh, using his casting vote because it was tied.

This vote included Councillor Catherine Connolly, whose fellow councillors had earlier voted should leave the meeting because of offensive remarks she made.

She did not leave and Micheál Ó hUigínn argued that if she had left the meeting, the vote would have gone in his favour.

The High Court ruled that the matter be reconsidered by councillors and it’s understood a meeting will take place next Monday.

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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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