Papal visit announcement to coincide with installation of new Bishop of Galway

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The ceremonial installation of Bishop Brendan Kelly as Bishop of Galway is expected to coincide with the official announcement of the papal visit by Pope Francis to Ireland.

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Brave the cold so others don’t have to — get togged for the COPE Galway twenty eighth Annual Christmas Day Swim

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The annual COPE Galway Christmas Day Swim is 28 years in existence this year and the local charity is calling on all in Galway on the day to don the togs and the t-shirt and hop into the sea at Blackrock, Salthill to raise much needed funds for COPE Galway services.

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Naughton calls for abortion to be ‘decriminalised’

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

A Galway TD is calling for abortion to be legalised, up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, and demanding that laws be introduced for the regulation and safe use of the abortion pill within the State.

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Educate Together secondary school for Galway gets cross party support

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Parents involved in the campaign for a second-level Educate Together school for Galway received a boost to their campaign following cross-party expressions of support for such a school for the city, during a recent visit to Leinster House.

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Kyne approves €700,000+ for Foróige Big Brother Big Sister

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

More than €700,000, from the Dormant Accounts Fund, will go to for Foróige, to support the youth organisation’s Big Brother Big Sister Programme, following approval by Minister Seán Kyne.

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Public and businesses must show support for GLUAS if it is to happen, says Connolly

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Only a signed petition from the people, and broader support from the business community and the Chamber of Commerce, will see a light rail network developed in Galway city.

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Galway Simon Community appealing to landlords willing to accept HAP

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Local homeless charity Galway Simon Community is calling on landlords to consider accepting HAP (Housing Assistant Payment) from people accessing their services who are struggling to find rental properties under the scheme. The appeal comes as the Simon Communities study Locked Out of the Market IX, released this week, found that there were no properties available in Galway City within the Rent Supplement/HAP limits.

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GP cards and respite care to support Galway carers and people with disabilities, says Cannon

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

GP visit cards and extra funding for respite care will help carers and people with disabilities in Galway, Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Ciaran Cannon said last evening.

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Minutes of previous meetings continues to be a waste of time

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The final Galway City Council meeting of 2017 was held last Monday and had some interesting issues to relay to you. Three sets of Minutes again dominated the early part of the agenda taking over 75 minutes to get through. Although this is a radical improvement it continues to be a huge waste of time. If every councilor wishes to speak for three minutes and seek further clarification on each matter under discussion then we are doomed to spend considerable wasted time on non-productive matter discussing what has happened in the past at the expense of what can be done in the future.

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Government to make changes to avoid any further Athenry-style planning sagas, says Naughton

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The Government intends to change the law to avoid delays with planning applications for data centres following the protracted controversy over the proposed €850-million Apple facility in Athenry.

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Marine Institute responds to salmon mortalities allegation

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The Marine Institute has refuted claims by the Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages group that cardiomyopathy syndrome was responsible for salmon mortalities earlier this year at three Connemara aquaculture sites, saying such allegations “are false”.

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Samaritans volunteers set to listen for more than 12,500 hours this Christmas

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Samaritans volunteers in Galway will be among those on hand for a staggering 12,500 hours over the festive season to listen to anyone having a tough time.

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Thu, Dec 14, 2017

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Tight lines — good news for anglers as 18 Galway projects get funding boost

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector, has this week announced that 18 angling development projects in the Galway region have been awarded funding of some €275,000 by Inland Fisheries Ireland to improve angling access in the area. The Minister made the announcement while visiting ongoing river enhancement projects on the Grange River, a major tributary of the Clare River that runs through counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. The works have been made possible by a unique collaboration between Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Office of Public Works (OPW), Cairde na Chláir and the Clydagh Foundation.

The Minister also had further good tidings for Cairde na Chláir, which is comprised of six local angling clubs, as the group is one of the 18 new award recipients in Galway.

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Educate Together secondary school for Galway gets cross party support

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Parents involved in the campaign for a second-level Educate Together school for Galway received a boost to their campaign following cross-party expressions of support for such a school for the city, during a recent visit to Leinster House.

Families with the Galway Educate Together Second Level Startup Group were in Leinster House to present a petition of more than 1,700 signatures in support of the project, with Minister of State, and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon, accepting the petition on behalf of Minister for Education, Richard Bruton.

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Four academics awarded GMIT President’s Award for Teaching Excellence

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

The president of GMIT, Dr Fergal Barry, presented four outstanding GMIT academics with the GMIT President’s Award for Teaching Excellence at this year’s GMIT conferring ceremonies, attended by their families, friends and colleagues.

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New Bishop energised by job of shepherding vibrant and inclusive Galway

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

It has been 45 minutes since the announcement — we are relaxing with tea in an upper room on the second floor of Galway Cathedral and the new Bishop is sitting there, taking it all in, flanked by the men who announced him to the world. He looks like a man returning to his own house, and being introduced to his neighbours.

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Create full-time positions for those who maintain Westside facilities, says Cubbard

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

City councillor Mike Cubbard is calling on the City Council to apply for funding to create full-time positions for people who have maintained the Westside playing pitches and associated playground and park.

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Kirwan roundabout variation does not prioritise public transport, says Colette Connolly

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

Cllr Colette Connolly says the decision to vary the City Development Plan and rezone recreational and amenity-zoned lands to facilitate the replacement of the Kirwan Roundabout to a signalized junction will not in any way solve the traffic problems in the city. Without any reference to priority being given to public transport the project simply permits a 15 per cent increase in the throughput of traffic, whereas the objective of the Galway Transport Strategy is to get more people using public transport and not facilitate private vehicular traffic.

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NUI Galway ‘D1 Now’ programme to improve services for young adults with Type 1 diabetes

Thu, Dec 14, 2017

A diabetes research team at NUI Galway’s School of Medicine has developed a novel approach to improve how diabetes services are delivered to young adults. The team has published two new open access articles detailing the formation of their ‘Young Adult Panel’, comprising of nine young adults aged 18–25 years with type 1 diabetes. This young group have helped design the ‘D1 Now’ intervention programme, which aims to improve diabetes services by reimagining care and moving beyond the traditional clinic.

Research indicates that this particular age group of young adults with type 1 diabetes often disengage from health services and their general diabetes management. Involving young adults with this condition in co-designing research to help develop a behaviour change in intervention to improve engagement with health services could potentially improve overall self-management and health.

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