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UNEMPLOYMENT RISES ONCE MORE IN GALWAY

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Date Published: 05-Dec-2011

Unemployment in Galway is starting to nudge upwards again.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people out of work rose in the city, Clifden and Gort.

The biggest rise in the number of employees without jobs was in the city where 103 more workers signed on in November, bringing the jobless total in the city to almost 11,700.

65 more people joined the dole queues in Clifden, where just over 1,300 people have no work.

Unemployment also rose very slightly in Gort where 8 people were added to the live register.

164 people came off the dole in the towns of Ballinasloe, Tuam and Loughrea however.

Tuam’s jobless fell by 96 to 3,300, Loughrea’s live register fell by 39 to 2,300 people, while Ballinasloe’s unemployment dropped by 29 to 2,500 unemployed workers.

Our high emigration rate is thought to be a contributing factor.

The total jobless figure for the county lies at 22,446 people, up by 12 since last month.

That’s still 245 fewer people on the live register compared to November last year.

 

 

 

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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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