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No Galway bus Eireann services operating as staff picket bus depot

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Bus Éireann drivers are maintaining a picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this afternoon.

The action means there are no Bus Éireann services currently operating out of Galway.

It’s part of a nationwide day of protest by drivers affiliated with the national bus and rail union, against over 5 million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay

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 will not affect school services next week.

Around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

It’s understood the remaining drivers with other unions have also decided not to cross the picket line.

From today, Bus Éireann is implementing the cuts in line with Labour court recommendations.

The company says it will lose 200-thousand euro for every day that the strike continues.

And Spokesperson for Bus Éireann  Andrew McLindon says this industrial action is putting jobs and the future viability of the company at risk.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.

The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.

The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.

However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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