Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
By Bernie Ní Fhlatharta
Water restrictions may be introduced over the Bank Holiday weekend which could affect householders in the western part of the city.
Galway County Council will decide today whether they need to introduce the same water restrictions they had in place after Christmas – which affected houses between the Western Distributor Road and Moycullen.
The restrictions were in place last night so that engineers could get a proper reading this morning of water levels at the Tonabrocky reservoir. The result will decide whether water restrictions will continue over the weekend.
A spokesman for the County Council’s water services said that a “fairly significant increase in the demand for water has been noticed at Tonabrocky” and that they had to address this immediately.
He said that the demand in the area had increased recently by up to 600 cubic metres a day – enough to supply 1,000 houses using about 140 gallons of water a day.
Restrictions mean that water from the Tonabrocky reservoir will be turned off at 10pm and not switched on again until 6am.
And though this is not news that will be welcomed by local householders who have experienced regular water shortages in recent years, €2 million has been approved to build a new reservoir at Tonabrocky which will put an end to local water restrictions.
The new reservoir will service some of the western suburbs which have been most affected by cuts in recent months as demand on the existing facility has been stretched to bursting point.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.