Date Published: 29-Apr-2011
The last of the Galway candidates competing for a seat in the Seanad have been unsuccessful.
Tuam county councillor Tom McHugh and solicitor Lorraine Higgins from Athenry were eliminated from the Industrial and Commercial panel late last night.
County Councillor Pat Hynes from Loughrea was eliminated from the same panel earlier on in the count.
From the first count, it was obvious it was going to be an uphill battle for the three Galway candidates who were nominated for election.
On the Industrial and commercial panel, 35 candidates were competing for one of eleven seats where the quota was 106.
Pat Hynes was eliminated at the 17th with 26 votes, Tom McHugh was eliminated at the 29th count with 36, and Lorraine Higgins at the 21st with 53 votes.
However, it’s not all bad news for Galway. Since counting began on Tuesday four Galway candidates have been elected to the Seanad.
Yesterday, Ahascragh Senator Ronan Mullen retained his seat in the Senate, having been elected through the NUI panel.
Ronan’s first cousin, Fine Gael Cllr Michael Mullins from Ballinasloe was the first Galway candidate to be elected on Tuesday through the Cultural and Education panel.
Wednesday afternoon (wed apr 27) Sinn Fein’s Trevor O’Clochartaigh from Connemara was elected through the Agricultural panel
Wednesday night (wed apr 27) Fine Gael’s Fidelma Healy Eames from Oranmore retained her senate seat through election on the Labour panel
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.