GALWAY BAY FM NEWS AUDIO
Former reporter at Galway Bay fm and researcher at Newstalk and RTÉ's Investigations Unit.
GALWAY BAY FM NEWS AUDIO
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Galway Bay fm newsroom: The Education Minister has sanctioned funding to address concerns over rising insurance premiums at St. Teresa's Special School in Ballinasloe. The school which is based at Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre in Creagh has been threatened with closure due to spiraling insurance costs.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - There are concerns over the future of a long-established Galway catering company which includes the well known Galleon restaurant in Salthill in its portfolio. The Galleon has been closed since Monday along with SALT Restaurant and Bar in Salthill and SALT restaurant at the Glass Factory at Old Dublin Road.
Galway's busking community is preparing for a marathon performance in the city this weekend to highlight opposition to proposed busking regulations. It's as public consultation is underway on the local authorities proposed 'Street Performance and Busking Bye-Laws 2019'. The bye-laws were first adopted last May following much debate.
Gardai made 10 arrests in the city last night following 'Donegal Tuesday'. The 10 arrests were made in relation to public order offences. It comes as additional Gardai were deployed in the city yesterday due to unofficial Rag Week celebrations with students from all over the country gathering at Eyre Street from early morning.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Protestors gathered at City Hall this afternoon in a call for park wardens. The demonstration took place as councillors entered City Hall for a special meeting of the local authority at College Road. Demonstrators are calling on councillors to support a motion proposing the establishment of a full-time ground staff ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Plans for the creation of a new national school campus for Tuam town have taken a significant step forward. The Department of Education has assessed a feasibility study for a new 32-classroom campus on a greenfield site and approved the plan.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - City councillors have voted to proceed with plans to acquire Lenaboy Castle in Salthill for use as a youth creative hub despite uncertainty over funding. The property at Taylor's Hill, a former orphanage, is currently owned by the Sisters of Mercy.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Plans for a passing loop at Oranmore train station, to provide a higher frequency of Irish Rail services to and from the city, could be in the pipeline. Irish Rail intends to investigate the potential to co-fund the construction of a passing loop at Oranmore train station under the government's ...
Up to 100 community employment supervisors in Galway are demonstrating in the city this lunchtime in a call for pension entitlements. The group argues a labour court recommendation dating back to 2008 stated a pension scheme shoud be funded by Government and has not been followed through.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Athenry Oranmore councillors are calling for fencing along a 300 metre segment of the N84 road near Carrowbrowne. The motion was put forward by Councillor James Charity at a meeting of the Athenry Oranmore municipal district council - following numerous collisions with horses along the road over the last 18 ...
Galway Bay fm news: There's been a significant rise in the number of children enrolling at multi-denominational schools in the city. A multidenominational school is a type of school which moves away from traditional religion-based models, such as the Catholic ethos. Preliminary enrollment numbers from the Department of Education show a sharp increase in pupils ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A one day census carried out by COPE Galway in recent weeks recorded almost 90 families in emergency accommodation in the city and county. The census was conducted by COPE Galway between the 14th and 15th of this month. It recorded 174 households in emergency accommodation comprising 89 families including ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - University Hospital Galway has issued a warning that the Emergency Department is extremely busy today and facing 'challenging' conditions. The HSE has apologised for the distress being caused to patients and their families - but says it is committed to treating everyone presenting at the unit.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Gardai say a major flooding incident at the Garda Regional Headquarters in Renmore last evening, which saw the building partially evacuated, is 'under review'. The alarm was raised at around 4pm after water entered the communications room, which is a central hub for emergency call answering services.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The Mental Health Commission has found critical risk ratings at two mental health units in Galway The observations are contained in a series of inspection reports published today. Woodview - a 21-bed unit at Merlin Park Hospital had one critical risk rating for premises and one high-risk rating for ordering, ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The Tanaiste has admitted in the Dáil that it's 'not possible' to defend spiralling orthopaedic surgery waiting lists at Merlin Park Hospital. More than two thousand people are now awaiting surgery - with the long running delay stemming from the closure of two theatres in September 2017.
Galway Bay fm newsroom-The Taoiseach is to discuss the Apple ruling on Athenry when he visits the tech giant's European headquarters in Cork tomorrow. It's understood a discussion will be held during the visit on the Supreme Court's ruling that An Bord Pleanála was not obliged to carry out a full Environmental Impact Assessment on ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom: Údarás na Gaeltachta says its assessing all options now that An Bord Pleanála has refused planning permission for a building at the site of a planned marine park in Connemara. The higher planning authority turned down permission for an administration building at the planned Páirc na Mara site in Cill Chiaráin.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The government has approved legislation ensuring island communities, including those in Galway, can vote in elections and referendums on the same day as the rest of the country. The Electoral Amendment No 3 Bill, which was introduced by Galway West T.D Éamon Ó Cuív, was approved to proceed at a ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Crime in the county is down in the first 3 months of the year. That's according to the latest Garda figures which were presented at a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee by Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley this week.
Galway Bay fm newsroom: Consultants are to be present a report to councillors next month on a review of the planning approval and the foreshore licence application for a coastal protection scheme for Sailin. The long awaited project to tackle coastal erosion received approval from An Bord Pleanala in 2007.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The Shantalla Residents' Association has stressed that the group is not opposed to a helipad but is against the wider plan for a bus corridor. The statement follows a presentation by the National Ambulance Service on the proposed helipad at a recent meeting of the city council.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - There are calls for the Children's Minister Katherine Zappone to withdraw remarks she made stating that some people in Tuam may have information about the Mother and Baby Home. A minute's silence was observed at a meeting of the county council this week (29/4) in memory of the children and ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The campaign group for road improvements in Connemara is to bring its protest to the city next week. The group is planning to hold a demonstration outside the Bohermore offices of Gaeltacht Minister and Galway West TD Sean Kyne next Friday May 10th.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A global wedding planning firm has selected Galway city as its new operations centre due to its wide talent pool. The Knot Worldwide has announced 100 new jobs for the city as part of its expansion plan. The firm currently has 15 staff at a temporary base in the Portershed.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A Galway- Roscommon TD has accused the Government of ignoring the farming community for failing to bring in changes to the Fair Deal Scheme. The scheme was set up by the State to provide financial support to those in long-term nursing home care.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Saolta officials have been criticised over plans to close the existing orthopaedic surgery theatre at Merlin Park Hospital once the two new modular theatres come onstream. The hospital's two theatres were shut down in 2017 following leaks. Since then, only one has re-opened following repair works, and waiting lists have ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The second and third highest status wind warnings are in place for Galway, with an overlap of one hour. The Galway public is asked to exercise caution from once the Status Orange warning comes into effect from 7 this evening.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A Galway West TD says the government's current planning system is giving Galway 'a bad name.' Galway West TD Noel Grealish raised concerns over the planning system during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil this week - citing a number of recent failed or delayed projects such as the Galway Hospice, ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - There has been a largely positive response at a public meeting over the planned modular homes development at Westside Over 120 people attended last night's meeting where community members said they are supportive of getting people out of B&Bs and hotel rooms. While no one at the meeting was against ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A proposal to build a solar farm in Athenry has been turned down by An Bord Pleanala. Soleirtricity Ltd has been refused planning permission for a 20 megawatt energy plant at Toberroe, Caraunduff, Caherbriskaun and Rathmorrissy - which could have met the needs of 4 thousand homes.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A woman who entered the water in the city yesterday afternoon has died. The woman entered the water at O'Brien's Bridge just after 2.30pm and the alarm was raised by a member of the public. The Coast Guard and the RNLI conducted an extensive search and within 40 minutes the ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - The County Council is to make a further case to Transport Infrastructure Ireland for the need for public lighting at Kilmeen Cross near Loughrea. Campaigners have long sought the measure at what they believe is an extremely dangerous junction on the N65, several kilometres from the town.
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Approximately 400 students have been protesting in Eyre Square this lunchtime to demand action against climate change from the government They are among thousands of young people across the country who have also protested outside their local authorities and school gates, as well as at the gates of Dáil Eireann ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - An LGBT+ resource centre in the city may be forced to close its doors later this year unless it receives increased funding. Teach Solais at Victoria Place is operated by Amach LGBT Galway, a charity which represents and advocates on behalf of the LGBT+ community in the city and county.
There are grave concerns at the timeline for the new UHG Accident and Emergency Department with HSE officials confirming it will be completed by 2023. The Emergency Department has been designed to occupy two floors of a new five-storey block at University Hospital Galway. There would also be a new maternity unit, comprising delivery suites, ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to a drugs seizure in East Galway yesterday. Two men in their 20s and 40s were arrested at the scene in a targeted operation by the Galway Garda Divisional Drugs Unit, Loughrea gardaí and the dog unit.
A number of Galway candidates running in May's Local Elections have today signed an anti-racism protocol. The initiative has been launched by Galway Traveller Movement as the group marks the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The protocol requires candidates to ensure that election campaigns are run in such a way that ...
Galway Bay fm newsroom - Galway-based medtech firm Aerogen has secured a 30 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank for a major expansion. The city-based drug delivery company, originally founded in Moycullen in 1997, hopes to expand its manufacturing facilities and research activities.
Reporting By: Oonagh Smyth, RTÉ Investigates Details of reports by the Comptroller and Auditor General and a draft Department of Education report into the Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board use of its public funds have been revealed by RTÉ Investigates.
Mark and Sarita Egan were childhood sweethearts but not long after Mark began using steroids; Sarita noticed a change in him
Galway pupils determine part the weight of a Hurley plays in puck of the ball
Families opt for Steiner path as an alternative to traditional route through education
Families opt for Steiner path as an alternative to traditional route through education.
Award winning milliner passes on her craft to TY students across the country
Persecuted people want Galway honour for Aung San Suu Kyi rescinded
Brief for The Hard Shoulder's interview with Deputy Anne Rabbitte and Annie Rosario, coordinator at Gort’s Resource Centre
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's interview with Michael White, a columnist with the The New European
Brief for The Hard Shoulder's interview with clinical psychotherapist, Joanna Fortune
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's interview with Monica Loughman, Ireland’s only prima ballerina
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's interview with author Des Ekin
Brief for Newstalk Breakfast's interview with Fr Iggy O'Donovan
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's Friday Forum
Brief for Newstalk Breakfast's interview with Alan Kinsella
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's interview with James Gannon, Volunteer coordinator of Refugee Support Ballaghaderreen
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's interview with journalist Fiona McPhillips and architect Colm Doyle.
Brief for The Pat Kenny Show's interview with Fergal O’Neill who competed in “The Marathon Des Sables.”
Brief for Newstalk Breakfast's interview with Mairead O’Grady,Taxation Partner at RBK
Over the past year, many plastic surgeons have concentrated on a new social media trend where they live-stream operations to hundreds of thousands on Instagram and Snapchat. With follower numbers and page views that some social influencers can only dream about, are plastic surgeons becoming the new celebrities?
Most of us have a friend who 'just needs to vent' on a regular basis. She calls you up at all hours, blind to the fact it's 2am on a Tuesday, to unload the latest crisis in her drama-filled relationship with the same man you've repeatedly implored her to break up with.
Sevnica in central Slovenia now boasts what it is claimed is the 'first ever statue of the US first lady', carved by local artist Alex 'Maxi' Zupevc. And despite their pride for the town's most famous daughter, many locals are not impressed with the wooden tribute to Mrs Trump.
A dad was killed when his chest 'exploded' in front of horrified children when he lit a firework the wrong way around, police said. Floyd Temple, 61, was shooting off large fireworks in his front yard in Toledo, Ohio early Tuesday to entertain neighborhood kids when he shot one in the direction of his chest.
A newborn baby died after her mother hired an unlicensed, self-proclaimed 'traditional midwife' to oversee a home birth, it is claimed. Emily Noe, 23, from Omaha, Nebraska retained the services of doula Angela Hock, 36. Hock faces a negligent child abuse charge after Noe's pregnancy resulted in the death of her baby girl.
A teenage girl was left in tears after a church worker told her she was too 'chubby' to wear shorts. The girl, called Jenna recorded the incident and posted it online on Sunday. She said the woman followed her into the restroom Swansboro United Methodist Church in Swansboro, North Carolina, and criticized her for wearing denim shorts, implying she was 'too chubby' to wear them.
A talented football player's career is likely finished after he lost his arm in a horrific car crash. Miami Dolphins' defensive lineman, Kendrick Norton, 22, had to have his left arm amputated at the scene of the multiple-car accident in Miami, Florida, on Thursday. He is said to have been trapped in his truck.
City officials have closed off access to a homemade skate ramp made with a murdered man's ashes. The skate ramp at Los Altos skate park, Albuquerque, New Mexico was constructed in honor of Cody Raver who was shot and killed there last April.
A blind man was left humiliated after he was kicked out of a church service after trying to bring his guide dog with him. Taylor Burch, 29, who is legally blind, and his dog Indy, attended the Lowcountry Community Church in South Carolina on Sunday.
A mum of 15 boiled four newborn puppies alive in a large sealed pot as her children watched, court documents say. Martha Crouch of Aztec, New Mexico, forced her children to watch as the baby dogs were tortured to death, according to newly-released court papers.
THE COLLEGE VIEW
The six-year route to qualifying as a second-level teacher is too long, too expensive and needs to be revised according to a school leader. Antoinette Nic Gearailt, president of the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools (ACCS), said that there can no longer be an assumption that teacher training will automatically attract sufficient numbers as the length and associated costs of training are "turning young people off."
The construction of apartments for over 340 students has been confirmed in Phibsborough as part of the €50 million redevelopment of the 1960s shopping centre. Dublin City Council approved the scheme earlier this month which involves a threefold increase in the amount of retail space and the creation of 341 beds for students.
Universities in Northern Ireland are considering creating joint academic posts with institutions in the south, including DCU, to combat implications imposed by Brexit. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the impact of Brexit on Higher Education and there are concerns over whether UK institutions will lose out on a portion of research income currently accessed through the EU.
The student accommodation crisis rages on, as the cost of renting in Dublin continues to rise, jumping 12.3 per cent in the past year. According to the latest Daft.ie rental report, the cost of renting in Dublin is now €4,000 a year higher than during the peak of the Celtic Tiger.
A new LGBTQ dictionary for the Irish language has been launched in DCU. The Queer Dictionary, translated as 'An Foclóir Aiteach' is the first of its kind in Ireland with over 100 words and terms translated. It is part of a collaboration between the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), BeLonG To Youth Services and the Transgender Equality Network of Ireland (TENI).
The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has launched a campaign with teachers' unions to eliminate the costs for student teachers on class placements which is a mandatory aspect of their course. Over the past few years, amendments were made to the primary teaching undergraduate and master's programmes which have seen both the courses and placement periods extended.
Brexit and Donald Trump's presidential campaign were broadly viewed as a sort of populist uprising against the political establishment. Since Britain voted to leave the EU, Eurosceptic parties have sprung up across Europe. In Ireland, little had been heard from the far right until an Irexit event earlier this month.
Third level institutions have been warned they could lose access to research funding if they fail to promote more women to senior positions in colleges. Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education, who has vowed to eradicate gender discrimination in colleges, launched a new gender taskforce earlier this month.
University College Cork has been granted the status of "University of Sanctuary" and will provide seven asylum seekers and refugees with full scholarships from September. The scholarships will cover full fees and tuition, in addition to travel and expenses.