Date Published: 11-Apr-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
Householders on the western side of the city who have had to endure regular water shortages in recent years are set for welcome news today with an announcement of €2 million in funding to build a new reservoir at Tonabrocky near Rahoon.
The new reservoir will service some of the western suburbs which have been most affected by cuts to services in recent months as demand on the existing facility has been stretched to bursting point for some time.
Areas such as Ballymoneen, Clybaun, Cappagh Road, Rahoon, Kingston, Letteragh, and Ballyburke in the city, as well as Barna and Moycullen, will be supplied by the facility.
Minister for the Environment, Heritage, and Local Government, Phil Hogan, is set to announce approval for Galway County Council’s plans for a new reservoir, adjacent to the existing Tonabrocky facility, this morning.
Although the old facility is located in the County Council area, it supplies much of the domestic water supply for the west side of the city – including some of the areas which were hardest hit by the shortages during the cold snap in January.
Minister Hogan’s announcement has been welcomed by Brian Walsh TD (FG), who said there had been a problem with the water supply in these areas for some time.
“This is a very important scheme for the area and I would like to see it progressing through to design, preparation of contract documents, and tendering of the proposed new reservoir as quickly as possible,” said Deputy Walsh.
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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.