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TAOISEACH LOSES PART OF HIS CONSTITUENCY TO GAL WEST BUT SAYS BOUNDARY CHANGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED

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Date Published: 21-Jun-2012

The Taoiseach says the Government will implement in full the recommendations in the Constituency Commission’s report.

Enda Kenny’s own constituency of Mayo is a major casualty going from 5 seats to 4, and part of it – Ballinrobe and its hinterland – is going into Galway West

From a national perspective the report says there should be a reduction in the number of electoral divisions from 43 to 40 – along with a shake-up in all but eight constituencies.

Galway West isn’t being shook up too much apart from the addition of part of south Mayo but the existing Galway East is being hit with major change

It’s to be reduced from 4 seats to 3 seat and as a result will lose part of its population to Roscommon and be part of the new 3 seat constituency of Galway/Roscommon

We’ll be looking at this in more detail in just a few minutes

Nationally, the Commission is also calling for the number of TDs to be cut by eight before the next General Election – from 166 Dail members to 158.

Enda Kenny says the recommendations will form part of the Goverment’s plan to reduce the size of the Oireachtas.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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

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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

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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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