Date Published: 08-May-2012
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has said there should be no changes on the board of RTÉ in the wake of the mistakes in the Mission to Prey programme
Minister Rabbitte has held a two hour meeting on the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s report on the Prime Time Investigates programme of May last year
The Minister says the Board offered no excuses for what had happened and accepted it caused damage not only to Ahascragh parish priest Fr Kevin Reynolds but also to the reputation of RTÉ.
The BAI found that the programme broadcast serious, damaging and untrue allegations about Fr Reynolds.
The report, published last Friday, found there had been a significant failure of editorial and managerial controls within RTÉ and imposed a fine of €200,000.
Today Minister Rabbitte says he’s satisfied that the board of RTE fully appreciates the seriousness of the libeling of Fr Kevin Reynolds.
Minister Rabbitte said at this morning’s meeting no member of the board offered their resignation over the affair- nor were resignations sought by him.
He said the board has agreed to make a submission to the government within a week setting out what actions they propose to take to ensure there’s no repeat of the affair in the future.
He also said there may have to be changes to the law to ensure greater compliance with broadcasting rules.
But Minister Rabbitte said he believes the board of RTE is acting appropriately.
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.