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ORANMORE DRAINAGE WORKS NEAR COMPLETION

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 06-Sep-2012

Drainage works being carried out at Frenchfort in Oranmore are due for completion in the coming weeks.

The OPW is undertaking the work on behalf of Galway County Council, while ensuring all environmental legislation is fully recognised in the designated area.

The work is being carried out to ensure the flooding problems experienced in 2009 do not reoccur.

As aspects of the work involve a designated area, it constituted a notifiable action under the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011.

During the course of the project, concerns have been raised by local Cllr Jim Cuddy that machinery required to complete parts of the work was being blocked on the SAC site due to an order from the NPWS.

The NPWS says no such order has been made and that the application for consent proposed to remove vegetation by hand, using slash hooks and rakes.

All works in the special area of conservation are now complete and the OPW says that the only machinery required will be an excavator to clean the railway embankment dyke which is located outside of the designation, and to tidy the lands upstream.

The road crossing has now been replaced and OPW field staff are reinstating stone walls as part of the finish.

The target timeline for completion is two weeks time, however this is dependant on weather conditions given the nature of the grounds.

 

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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