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STEADY INCREASE IN VOTING IN REFERENDUM IN GALWAY

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-Nov-2012

AFTER a very slow start the number of people voting has increased substantially across Galway city and county this evening.

The current trends show that in the region of 10 to 11 per cent have now voted with one polling station in Ballybane recording almost 12 per cent.

Voting will continue at 145 polling stations in Galway West, which includes the city, and 149 in Galway East until 10 o’clock tonight.

The surge in voting numbers this evening is in marked contrast to the slow turnout before lunch when one polling booth in East Galway had only 1.5 per cent of voters casting their votes.

All the votes cast in Galway will be counted at two centres, Leisureland, for Galway West and New Inn Community Centre, for Galway East.

The opening of the boxes will get underway after 9 am tomorrow and all boxes are expeced to be open by 11.30.

Returning Officer Marian Chambers-Higgins and her staff expect that the counting of all the Galway votes will be completed by 1.30 or 2 pm when the results for the county’s two constituencies will be announced.

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

 

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