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Public service broadcasting still worth the licence fee

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Date Published: 23-May-2011

It’s been quite a week for Ireland on many fronts – not least, in the context of a television column, for RTÉ. Because the national broadcaster didn’t just capture the mood of the nation – it also proved that it can still set the agenda when it is suitably motivated.

Because its marathon coverage of the Royal visit brou-ght the full impact of a historical week into our living rooms – and in complete contrast the latest series of Primetime Investigates proved that good investigative journalism is still worth the investment.

Reflecting the mood of the nation, of course, was RTE’s role when it came to the Royal visit, and while primary credit for the success of those four days clearly goes to the Queen and President McAleese, RTE was the eyes and ears of millions who would otherwise have seen nothing of this historic event.

From her arrival at Baldonnel to the hugely symbolic visit to the Garden of Remembrance, Cashel to Dublin Castle, and the unscheduled walkabout on Cork’s Grand Parade, this was an extraordinary week in our history – and television gave all of us the box seat.

The coverage matched the national mood – like our President, it was gracious but not grovelling. And while the over-the-top security arrangements prevented the possibility of crowds flocking onto the streets, the television audience didn’t miss a minute of the packed programme.

You’d have got long odds on this visit triggering the emotional response it achieved, but then these are changed times – and a nation not renowned for its love for any monarchy seemed to take this sprightly 85 year old grandmother to their hearts.

The Queen herself seemed to understand the mood from the off – that gracious bow to the memory of those who died for Irish freedom, the ‘cupla focal’ at the state dinner, the ease with which she interacted with those members of the public privileged to meet her.

Those who suggested that a Royal visit was inappropriate given the dark days that are still a long way from a distant memory had their fears allayed from the outset; there was no sign of an inferiority complex or any glimpse of subservience.

Instead it showed that, as a country, we had come of age – that we were now mature enough to extend the hand of friendship to our nearest neighbours and show that, even in these straitened times, we can still put our best foot forward.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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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