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NUI GALWAY LECTURER ELIMINATED FROM SENATE ELECTION

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Date Published: 28-Apr-2011

NUI Galway lecturer Donncha O’ Connell is the latest Galway candidate to be eliminated from the Seanad elections.

Former dean of the faculty of law, Donncha O’Connell was eliminated from the race at the 21st count with 2,354 votes.

There are just six candidates left in this race in which the quota is 8,400.

Green Galway Senator Niall O’ Brolchain has also been eliminated from the Seanad elections.

The city Senator, who ran unsuccessfully in the Galway West elections, was eliminated at the 16th count of the NUI Seanad elections with just 922 votes.

Ahascragh Senator Ronan Mullen is still topping the NUI Seanad poll count after the 22nd count with 8,095 votes and is certain to be elected to the Senate later today.

Meanwhile, the eleventh count for the Industrial and commercial panel, for which there are three Galway candidates has just been announced at Leinster House.

County Councillors Pat Hynes from Loughrea and Tom McHugh from Tuam are competing for one of 9 seats alongside solicitor Lorraine Higgins from Athenry.

However, the prospect of any of the three getting a seat to the Seanad looks highly unlikely at this stage.

At the first count Lorraine Higgins got 36 first preference votes, Tom McHugh has 29 and Pat Hynes has 22, putting all three further down the list of 35 candidates.

Last night, Galway senator Fidelma Healy-Eames retained her seat on the Seanad.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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