Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
By Dara Bradley
There was a stand-off between City Council workers and residents of an estate in Doughiska when the local authority moved in unannounced on Good Friday to commence building a road through a green area.
Several residents and newly co-opted City Councillor Frank Fahy (FG) protested on a green space at the Tur Uisce estate when Council workers commenced work on building a new road. Work was stopped due to health and safety concerns as a result of the protest.
The road is needed to gain access to a landlocked site that will, in time, be home to a brand new primary and secondary schools.
But residents of the estate are angry that the road proposed would cut through a green area of the estate, which they have been maintaining through paying property management fees for years.
Residents want the Council to consider moving the road northwards, so that the green space would be saved. It is understood, however, that the Council has an agreement with the VEC or Department of Education to have access made available to the site of the school at the end of June.
Also, it is believed that if the road is moved north, it would be greater in length and would be over 100 metres – any new road over 100 metres requires the City Council to apply for planning permission, which would delay the building of the road.
The residents are also questioning who has ownership of the particular piece of land.
It is not known yet why Council workers moved onto the site on Good Friday, a public holiday, but the local authority has now agreed to wait until next Tuesday until it commences work on the project again. Residents are now weighing up their options and receiving legal advice.
A spokesperson for the Council said it had discussions with residents last year in relation to the road, which it stresses is necessary for the development of two new schools which will be of benefit to the entire Doughiska area.
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.