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Water restrictions remain in place after Carraroe oil spillage

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 30-Mar-2011

Restrictions remain in place for up to 1,500 householders in Connemara whose public water supply was polluted by an oil spillage.

The accidental spillage of home heating oil found its way in to the public water supply of An Cheathrú Rua. According to a spokesman from Galway County Council, recent analysis of samples in the public water distribution networks has shown elevated levels of Petrol Range Organics (a component of home heating oil).

Further sampling and analysis is needed to determine the extent of the problem, he said.

It is suspected by local people that the oil had been leaking from an underground pipe for up to five weeks into a stream going through the village and that it eventually found its way into the water supply.

A Council spokesman said: “Having consulted with HSE West, it is recommended that all customers on the An Cheathrú Rua public water supply and the Camus Screeb Water Supply Scheme should not use tap water for drinking, washing or food preparation until further advised. The number of properties affected by this advice is approximately 1,500. The water can be used for toilet flushing.

“The Council is undertaking measures to prevent any further discharge from the identified pollution source and has also increased the protection of the intake to the water supply. Cleansing of the network and reservoir has commenced and daily sampling analysis will continue. It is not possible to at this stage to say how long it will be necessary to keep the restriction on water use in place but it will be kept to the absolute minimum.”

In the meantime, the Council will continue to provide alternative supplies locally with a particular emphasis on assistance for vulnerable people and locations within the community, he added.

See full story in this week’s Connacht 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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