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Michael D confirms Árus bid

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Date Published: 03-May-2011

FORMER Minister Michael D. Higgins officially confirmed over the weekend his decision to seek the Labour Party nomination for the Irish presidency later this year.

M. Higgins (70), who is the current president of the Labour Party, is due to hold a series of public meetings this week in Galway, Kerry, Cork and Dublin, to outline his proposals for the presidency. The election is due to take place next October.

In a statement issued over the weekend, Mr Higgins said that he would be basing his nomination bid on his political experience, his commitment to Irish culture and his involvement in various human rights campaigns.

He also said that the country urgently needed to work together ‘to create the foundations of a real republic, based on the needs, aspirations, imagination and genius of all our people.’

It seems likely that Mr Higgins though could face a tough battle for the Labour Party nomination from Fergus Finlay, the chief executive of the Barnardo’s children’s charity.

Other possible candidates mentioned for the presidency include independent David Norris; MEP Brian Crowley (FF); Seán Kelly and Mairead McGuinness (FG) and Dragon’s Den judge, Sean Gallagher.

There is also some speculation that Fine Gael could do a bit of ‘arm twisting’ to try and encourage former Taoiseach, John Bruton, to stand for the presidency.

In his May Day election statement launch, Michael D. Higgins said that one of his main priorities would be ‘to promote and extensively develop diaspora business networks across the globe which would actively interface with Irish-based companies and

seek to expose them to wider market share in foreign markets’.

 

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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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