Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
The new Mayor of Galway says it’s important that elected representatives narrow their focus on issues to do with the city over the next year.
Fine Gael Councillor Hildegarde Naughton was elected as Mayor at the Annual General Meeting of the City Council last evening. [29/6]
Councillor Naughton, who was proposed by Councillor Padraig Conneely and seconded by Councillor Frank Fahy received 9 votes, beating Labour’s Collete Connolly, who received 6 votes.
It meant that the ruling pact of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independents remained in tact.
At the start of the meeting, Councillor Naughton made a statement unreservedly withdrawing comments she made last January at a meeting about the City Development Plan, where she said if ‘one sheep goes out the gap, they all go out the gap.’
Fianna Fáil Councillor, Peter Keane and Independent Councillor Donal Lyons took offence to the comments and said they would not vote for Councillor Naughton for Mayor unless she apologised.
Just after the AGM began last evening, Councillor Naughton told the Council that she never accused any councillor of being involved in ‘nod and wink politics’ or of having a ‘vested interest’ in any part of the City Development Plan.
Mayor Naughton, a primary school teacher originally from Oranmore, now lives in Castlelawn.
Her parents Marguerite and P.J Naughton and brothers Alan and Derek were there to help her celebrate her honour last night.
Fianna Fáil’s Ollie Crowe was elected as Deputy Mayor.
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.