Date Published: 06-Jun-2011
Visitors to Galway city will certainly not be impressed by the state of the roundabouts on the approach roads – they have been described as an appalling disgrace.
The fact that some of the roundabouts are covered in weeds and ragwort will not give a great first impression of the city, it has been claimed.
And now the National Roads Authority, who are responsible for the roundabouts on the national primary and secondary routes, have been urged to “clean up their act”.
It has been claimed that many of the city’s roundabouts have become overgrown, are only occasionally maintained and are an eyesore on the approach roads into Galway.
The fact that the height of the growing season is fast approaching means that weeds have taken off in a major way and this has added to some of the roundabouts looking unsightly.
Galway West TD Noel Grealish has lashed the NRA of the state of the roundabouts on the approach roads to the city – and particularly from the M6.
“It is totally unacceptable that the first sight for visitors to Galway city, when they exit the motorway, is a roundabout covered in weeds and ragwort”, Deputy Grealish told The Sentinel.
He added: “Given the importance of tourism and the fact that a lot of visitors fly into Dublin and Shannon and make their way to Galway via the M6, this situation needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency”.
He said that over the Bank Holiday weekend there were thousands of visitors to Galway and their first image of the city was an unkempt roundabout covered in weeds – some of them several feet tall.
See full story in this week’s 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.