Date Published: 18-Mar-2013
Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv has hit out at the government’s decision not to initiate another tendering process for the Inis Mor Ferry contract.
Ferry travel fares for the largest of the Aran Islands increased from 8 to 15 euro last month (Feb) after the government contract ceased.
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht says that since no application was received to the last tender process in December 2012, it does not intend to iniatiate another at this point, despite calls to do so.
Other proposals to consider subsidised tickets for islanders were considered but the Department has also confirmed it is not intended to develop such a scheme in the short-term.
Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv has called for a further review and says the islanders should have the same public transport rights as those in the mainland.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.