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OPPOSITION LEADER DUE IN GALWAY TO DISCUSS WATER CONTAMINATION

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Date Published: 29-Sep-2008

Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny is due in Galway today amid an escalating water crisis.

Tests to establish the exact cause of the contamination in the first emergency water supply in Old Mervue are due back today.

The emergency water supply was suspended two days ago, after initial tests showed a lead reading well in excess of 100, four times higher than the permitted level of 25 micrograms.

This is despite the fact that this supply had come from a cast iron main.

Director of Water services Ciaran Hayes, says he cannot confirm the exact cause of the high levels of lead contamination found in the first emergency supply until the council receives more test results.

Mr.Hayes says the results will leave them in a better position to know exactly what went wrong.

In an effort to make up for the original source and the first emergency source being contaminated, the city council set up two new water tankers in Old Mervue on Saturday

Bottled water continues to be sold at a subsidised price.

The water in the tankers is not travelling through any pipes, but is being filled daily with water directly from the water treatment plant in Terryland.

Mr.Hayes says this second emergency water supply is of excellent quality, and is safe to drink.

Opposition leader, Enda Kenny is coming to Galway today to discuss the matter.

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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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