Date Published: 16-May-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
The row over the Mayoral chain between two city Fine Gael councillors has been settled, following an intervention from party headquarters.
It has been agreed that Hildegarde Naughton will be the ‘Mayoral Pact’ nominee for the next Mayor of Galway, when a vote is held next month.
However, it’s understood that the pact (between the three Fine Gael and three Fianna Fáil and the three former PD councillors) could be facing collapse unless Cllr Naughton apologises for an accusation she made last January that her colleagues were “doing the bidding” of “elite vested interests” when it came to land rezoning decisions.
But she said yesterday there would be no apologies for her comments.
“I make no apologies. I made my stance very clear on planning issues and what my reasons were. I believe it was the right thing to do and continue to believe that,” she told the Sentinel yesterday (Monday).
Last week, Fine Gael’s General Secretary asked Deputy Brian Walsh to intervene in the row, because it was seen by angry Fine Gaelers as “an embarrassment to the party”.
Under the terms of a Mayoral Pact agreed in 2009, Cllr Naughton was due to serve as Mayor for 2011-12. However, following the election of Brian Walsh to the Dáil and subsequent co-option of Frank Fahy to the City Council, Cllr Padraig Conneely entered a separate deal which would see him elected Mayor – for the second time in four years.
However, the matter was resolved on Sunday at a meeting with Brian Walsh and FG Constituency Chairperson Enda Howley – Cllr Naughton will be the party nominee for Mayor next month. They have also agreed to support Cllr Terry O’Flaherty for Mayor in 2012-13 with Frank Fahy as Deputy Mayor, while Cllr Conneely will be the nomination for Mayor in 2013-14.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.
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.