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State’s own goal on airport grant leaves taxpayer out of pocket

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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