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Walkway delay leaves beach at mercy of nature

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 30-Jun-2011

by Dearbhla Geraghty

Budgetary restraints have forced Galway City Council to delay plans for the proposed €7million prom extension from Blackrock to Silver Strand, part of which was designed to save one of the coastline’s most famous landmarks from extinction.

An Environmental Impact Statement, carried out for the local authority in 2006, said that without erosion prevention work, Silverstrand beach would be eradicated within 25 to 40 years, while the Knocknagoneen drumlin beside it would be cut off from the mainland.

Such a walkway would also have considered the future of Gentian Hill, which is similarly under threat from coastal erosion.

It was envisaged that two footbridges over the entrances to Lough Rusheen and Sailín would extend the Salthill prom to a continuous four miles of walkway.

Now, the local authority says it does not have the funds to proceed with the project. “It doesn’t appear that we will have funding to proceed to the design stage, and won’t have the budget to carry out the physical work on the ground of providing a promenade that people can walk on,” a spokesperson confirmed.

Cllr Donal Lyons, a long time supporter of the project, said yesterday that it was disgraceful that such an urgent matter would be put on the back burner. “The longer it is put on hold the more erosion will take place,” he warned.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

 

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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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