Date Published: 24-Oct-2012
A Connemara campaign group opposed to windfarm plans in the areas of Derrynea and Lettermuckoo has launched an online petition. The group is opposed to plans by Gaoi an Iarthair Teo to build 13 turbines in the area. It’s the second time the firm attempted the project with its previous application involving 27 turbines rejected by An Bord Pleanala. The online petition is now open to the public on www.connemaraagainstwindfarms.com and in Irish at www.conamarainaghaidhfeirmeachagaoithe.com Local campaigner Mary-Ann Coyne says local residents are very concerned and she is asking the public to support the petition. The plans have not yet been submitted to Galway County Council, but extensive consultations have been taking place on a local level about the windfarm application. Gaoi an Iarthair Teo says if it gets the go-ahead, the 13 wind turbine farm would generate enough electricity for over 30 percent of the housing in Galway. Brian Keville of consultancy firm McCarthy, Keville and O’ Sullivan of has moved to reassure local residents that the project would bring a serious economic boost to Connemara.
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.