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Woman driver is instantly killed in collision with bus

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Date Published: 17-May-2011

BY FRANK FARRAGHER

A 36-years-old mother of three young children was killed instantly yesterday morning after the car she was driving was in collision with a bus on the old Dublin Road.

The accident occurred at around 10.30am when the woman’s car was in collision with a bus travelling towards Galway City on the Coast Road leading to Oranmore – another car was also involved in the collision but the female driver of that vehicle escaped injury.

It is understood that there were about 30 passengers on the bus – one of them was taken to University Hospital Galway as a precautionary measure.

Gardaí, Fire Brigade personnel and ambulances arrived at the scene shortly after the accident occurred – cutting equipment was used to free the woman from the car but she was pronounced dead on arrival to UHG. There were no passengers in the car.

The road was closed for technical examination until around 6pm yesterday with diversions put in place. The dead woman was named locally last night as Dympna Folan (nee Kenny) who was originally from Eyrecourt but living in Mervue.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to the accident to contact them at Galway Garda Station, Mill Street, at (091) 538000.

Meanwhile in a separate accident at Corrandulla on Sunday morning, a 23-years-old woman from the city suffered head injuries after her car went of control and collided with the roadside embankment.

The single vehicle accident occurred at around 3.30am on Sunday in Ballydonnellan on the main Galway to Headford Road – the woman was removed to UHG before later being transferred to Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

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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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