Date Published: 23-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
The Mervue Community Centre may be sold, with the trustees of the centre confirming that preliminary discussions have taken place with at least three organisations that were interested in purchasing the property.
However the trustees have stressed to the Sentinel that the centre, which was built for the benefit of the Mervue community in the 1980s, will not be offloaded unless and until consultation with, and agreement of, the local community in Mervue is secured.
Those organisations that have used the centre, which is located beside the credit union in Mervue, will continue to have residency in the centre even if it is sold, trustees have said.
The building has fallen into disrepair in recent years – the trustees estimate that it could take up to €150,000 to renovate the centre up to modern standards.
The building needs to be reroofed, the entire heating system needs replacing while the toilets and showers also need to be upgraded.
The cost of running the premises – it costs around €4,000 to insure it every year alone – is also a factor in the trustees’ decision to explore the possibility of selling the building.
The facility is used weekly by members of Mervue Active Retirement Association (ARA) and the local Ladies’ Club. A Thai boxing club also used it in recent years.
It used to be used by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) for holding students’ examinations but this ceased about two years ago, with a subsequent loss of vital income to operate the facility.
The third level institute is thought to be one of the organisations with an interest in buying the property.
One of the trustees, parish priest Fr Willie Cummins, confirmed that sale of the building is under consideration.
Fr Cummins stressed that nothing would be done without the consent of the community – the trustees hold the building ‘in trust’ for the community, he said.
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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.