Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
The Government’s decision not to support Galway Airport from next year onwards means that – instead of saving taxpayers’ money by cutting subsidies – the State’s coffers will actually be significantly worse off in 2012. Because despite their ‘pro jobs’ rhetoric, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and his Cabinet colleagues’ decision to drop funding to the airport next year will result in a net loss to the exchequer.
The airport was seeking just €1.2 million in operation subvention in 2012 but the decision announced on Tuesday, which will effectively close the Carnmore facility, will result in the direct loss of €700,000 PRSI contributions and – with the airport’s 62 employees facing the dole queue – the Government can expect an additional social welfare bill of €650,000.
The airport got a temporary ‘stay of execution’ after being thrown a funding lifeline this week but the long-term threat of closure that has been hanging over the Carnmore facility, remains after Minister Varadkar bluntly ruled out any funding after 2012.
The airport will recieve between €1.2 million and €1.7 million this year, after an additional €5 million for regional airports was ‘rejigged’ within the Transport Department’s budget but, speaking on RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland Minister Varadkar said he would not be able to find further funds to support Galway in 2012. “There’s no point in people coming to my office looking for more money . . . the decision is made and it’s not going to be reversed,” he said.
Airport management has consistently maintained that without state support it would close and speaking to the Connacht Tribune airport Managing Director Joe Walsh said this latest decision “could spell the demise of the airport”.
See full story and editorial comment in this week’s Connacht 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.