Date Published: 31-Mar-2011
By Bernie Ní Fhlatharta
Demand for water in the western suburbs of the city is at bursting point – and there are fears that the system will be quickly overstretched if it is not radically upgraded.
A serious pipe leak in Kingston during the week left 1,200 homes in the wider Knocknacarra area without water from 11pm on Tuesday until 4pm the following day.
Director of Services at Galway City Council, Ciarán Hayes confirmed that another such water pipe burst could have serious consequences for the network.
Mr Hayes described the city’s water network in the western suburbs as “being on a knife edge”.
“I would say it is finely balanced and it would be under great pressure if it suffered more pipe bursts because we don’t have the pumping capacity to replace the water in the Tonabrucky and Clifton Hill reservoirs, which is why we propose to build another reservoir at Tonabrucky.
“We need additional storage on the west side of the city and we need additional pumping capacity to pump the water from Terryland. That would be done through a rising main which would be a dedicated pipe.
“We can produce enough water but we don’t have enough storage and we don’t have enough pumping capacity,” he said. But Mr Hayes did say that they were responding by rebuilding the network and gathering knowledge
Local Cllr Donal Lyons said that basically the supply wasn’t meeting the current demand for water. “Sure, Knocknacarra wasn’t even a proposal when the Tonabrucky reservoir was built,” he added.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.