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Minister for the Gaeltacht, Dinny McGinley, says he is committed to resolving a situation regarding a ferry service for the Aran island of Inis Mór.
The issue was raised in the Seanad by Sinn Féin Senator, Trevor O’ Clochartaigh.
He wanted the Minister to clarify what discussions are ongoing with the community in Inis Mór about providing a year-round full-time ferry service to the mainland.
The Public Service Obligation contract ended in January last year and tenders were advertised for the route, however no company expressed interest.
The company currently operating the service says it’s not sustainable unless Government funding is provided.
Speaking in the Seanad, Senator O’ Clochartaigh asked for the Minister for the Gaeltacht to intervene and responding on his behalf, Minister Seán Sherlock said he’s committed to seeing a resolution:
Fáilte Ireland publishes draft operational guidelines in advance of re-opening of indoor hospitality
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Fáilte Ireland has issued draft operational guidelines for the hospitality industry in advance of the re-opening of indoor hospitality on Monday, July 26th 2021.
The operational guidelines have been developed by Government officials and Fáilte Ireland in consultation with the hospitality representative bodies.
The guidelines provide information and guidance on the systems and protective measures that must be implemented in accordance with public health advice and legislation underpinning this phase of the re-opening of indoor hospitality.
The guidelines will provide practical guidance for the safe reopening of indoor hospitality while also helping to instil public confidence in the safety of businesses.
While businesses providing indoor hospitality are being asked to implement and adhere to specified protective measures, so too must customers who are availing of indoor hospitality to ensure a safe environment for all.
The key element of this guidance is that reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that no person, other than a ‘permitted person’, is admitted to relevant indoor premises. Permitted persons are those with acceptable proof of immunity or children under 18 in their care.
Details of acceptable proofs of immunity, including the EU Digital COVID Certificate, are available on gov.ie/reopeninghospitality
Businesses may check the validity of EU Digital COVID Certificates using the online QR scanner at gov.ie/DCCchecker
Customers may also be asked to present a photo ID to show that the proof of immunity relates to them.
Fáilte Ireland’s sector operational guidelines are updated in line with the Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2021.
The operational guidelines are live on https://covid19.failteireland.ie/operational-guidelines/
Jenny De Saulles, Director of Sector Development at Fáilte Ireland, said the new guidelines are a ‘critical part in helping tourism businesses safely re-open for indoor hospitality’:
“Throughout this crisis we have been working with tourism and hospitality businesses and with Government to provide the businesses with the practical guidance and supports they need. The next phase of recovery is the re-opening of indoor hospitality and renewing its vital contribution to job creation and regional development. We will continue to focus our resources on providing critical operational and business supports to ensure the re-opening and recovery of tourism and hospitality and to safeguard the viability and competitiveness of our tourism industry.”
LISTEN: Galway-Dublin 20-X20 Expressway service to cease on Wednesday
The Bus Eireann 20-X20 Expressway service, which stops in Craughwell, Loughrea, Aughrim and Ballinasloe, will cease to exist from Wednesday.
Bus Éireann says following a viability review of its 18 Expressway intercity routes, it decided to cut four routes between Dublin and Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick.
It says the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.
Bus Éireann has confirmed that Expressway services will continue to operate from Galway to Limerick/Cork, Sligo/Donegal/Derry and to Ballina.
Gort-Kinvara Councillor Geraldine Donohue has written to the NTA and Bus Éireann to see if a replacement service will be secured.
She says a huge amount of people in the east of the county use the bus to get to and from city each day:
Galway Rowers qualify for Olympic Final
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway Rowers Aifric Keogh from Furbo and Fiona Murtagh from Moycullen along with team mates Emily Hegarty and Eimear Lambe have qualified for the Olympic Women’s Fours Final following a stunning heat performance in the early hours of this morning.
Lining up against the World Champions Australia and previous World Finalists the United States, Romania and Denmark, the Irish girls, going from Lane two, found themselves in a head to head with the Australians from the start with the two boats putting a massive distance between themselves and the other three.
As the race progressed, little separated the two leaders with Australia winning the heat in a new Olympic best time of 6.28.76 with Ireland second Just 0.23 behind in a time of 6.28.99.
Both teams were inside the previous Olympic Best of 6.33.47.
Ireland now goes into the Olympic Final at 1.50am on Wednesday Morning.