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ORANMORE SENATOR FIDELMA HEALY EAMES EXPECTED TO RETAIN SENATE SEAT

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Date Published: 27-Apr-2011

Oranmore Senator Fidelma Healy Eames looks likely to retain her seat in the Senate following the first count on the Labour panel at Leinster House.

The Fine Gael Senator picked up 83 first preference votes, just five short of the quota of 88.

Fidelma Healy Eames, who unsuccessfully contested the Galway West election,is now looking very likely to retain her seat in the Senate.

Meanwhile, Galway senator Ronan Mullen from Ahascragh, who is contesting the seperate NUI Seanad elections looks likely to retain his seat in the Senate.

Galway Green Senator Niall O’ Brolchain looks likely to lose his seat.

The other two Galway candidates, NUI Galway lecturer Donncha O’Connell, and city teacher Matthias Walter Cowley are not in contention for one of the three seats.

Earlier today, Sinn Fein candidate Trevor O’ Clochartaigh from Carraroe was elected to the Senate, by taking the fourth seat on the 11 seat agricultural panel.

Last night, Ballinasloe councillor Michael Mullins became the first Galway person to be elected to the Senate, by election on the cultural and educational panel.

The count on the fourth panel, the Industrial and commercial panel for which there are three Galway candidates – CllrsTom McHugh and Pat Hynes and barrister Lorraine Higgins is expected to begin tomorrow.

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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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