Date Published: 23-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
City councillor Hildergarde Naughton may well have won the Fine Gael nomination – after party headquarters intervened – for the next Galway City Mayor, but she is not a ‘shoo-in’ to become first citizen this June.
Several members of the ruling pact on Galway City Council – which includes Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Independents – have expressed private and public reservations to the Sentinel yesterday about voting for Cllr Naughton.
Cllr Naughton will be the Fine Gael nominee, after she fended off an unprecedented political manoeuvre from party colleague Cllr Pádraig Conneely, who attempted to become mayor for the second time in four years after agreeing a separate pact with the third Fine Gael representative on the Council, rookie Frank Fahy.
But it is not clear whether the current FF/FF/Ind pact will hold firm – this week, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), said he would not vote for Cllr Naughton unless she “retracts” and “apologises” for the “hurtful” comments and allegations she levelled against other elected representatives during the course of a debate on the City Development Plan.
Cllr Keane said that Cllr Naughton had made comments that her colleagues on the Council were “in the pockets of developers” and were “doing the bidding” for developers when rezoning lands in the city.
Unless these comments are withdrawn and she apologises to him for making them, the solicitor said he would not be voting for Cllr Naughton to become Mayor.“
Another councillor in the pact, who preferred not to be named, said Cllr Naughton had wrongfully tarred all elected representatives with the one brush when she made her remarks about the links between members of the Council and developers.
This councillor has not yet decided on whether to vote for Cllr Naughton, and may abstain unless the comments are clarified or retracted. Cllr Naughton needs eight votes to win and there are nine involved in the pact.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
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.