Date Published: 13-Nov-2012
City Councillors have voted unanimously to reject a variation to the development plan which would see the provision of a four leg signalised junction to replace the Kirwan roundabout near the Menlo Park Hotel.
The matter came before councillors last evening [Nov 12] as part of the city’s Bothar na dTreabh N6 Multi Modal Corridor Improvement Scheme.
This has already seen the changeover of roundabouts at Briarhill, the Tuam Road and Ballybane.
The variation would have seen the diversion of a road from the Menlo Park Hotel grounds through to the Headford road.
City Councillors had voted 9 to 6 in favour of removing the Kirwan roundabout in May.
However, after heated debate on the variation last evening and repeated warnings from City Mayor Terry O’ Flaherty to members to “Stop the screaming”, Cllrs voted unanimously to reject the plan.
An amendment tabled by Cllr Billy Cameron to call on officials to explore other options and not to engage in a “do nothing” approach while calling on the NRA not to withdraw the funding for the project was also carried.
However Director of Services Ciaran Hayes said the window of opportunity for funding from the NRA was over two years and after that, the funding is gone.
He said although the proposal was not finding local acceptance, he stands over the recommendation and added that other suggestions for a five-arm model have been looked at but simply would not suit.
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.