Date Published: 05-Dec-2011
The City Council is not expected to increase commercial rates in its Budget for 2012.
The draft budget of just over 81 million euro will be discussed at a Special City Council Budget meeting next Monday. [Dec12]
It’s proposed to leave the commercial rate the same at 65 euro and 46 cent.
There are also no plans to increase parking charges in the city – the daily rate remains at 5 euro with an hourly on-street parking rate of 2 euro 60cent.
The draft budget states however, that consideration will be given to revising the charging regime at the Dyke Road carpark.
The Council is proposing to increase water charges for businesses by 25 cent to 2euro and 25 cent per cubic metre.
It’s proposed to revise the waiver scheme for waste management from 250 euro to 159 euro, saving the Council around 150 thousand euro.
The City Council has not received any notification of its Local Government Fund for 2012, but it’s estimated to be reduced by about 10 percent to around 6.8 million euro.
The Draft Budget also makes provision for additional expenditure in 2012.
These include expenditure on the Volvo Ocean Race Finale and loan charges for Ballinfoile/Castlegar Community Centre, Galway Main Drainage and the Séamus Quirke Road project.
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.