NUI Galway to hold virtual info evening
NUI Galway will hold a virtual information evening next week, focusing on the needs of mature students and adult learners who may be considering full-time or part-time studies for the 2021 academic year.
This online information evening will take place on Wednesday, January 13, from 7pm to 9pm. The event is designed particularly for those aged 23 or over wishing to find out more about study options at NUI Galway, and will assist attendees in making the right decision which suits their personal circumstances and professional development needs.
“Mature students are a valued asset to our university, and they bring enthusiasm and motivation to learn and manage family life and studies to reach their goal of attaining a rich education,” said Trish Bourke, mature student officer at NUI Galway.
Canney welcomes rail review
Galway East TD Seán Canney has welcomed the intention by Minister Eamonn Ryan on behalf of the Government to undertake a Strategic Rail Review of the rail network to examine the strategic context for investment in the rail network on the entire Island of Ireland.
“The decision follows on from the EY report on the Western Rail Corridor Phase 2 & 3 (Athenry to Claremorris ). This report highlighted the need for the strategic review,” he said.
“The EY report was considered to be too focused and failed to look at the potential for freight and how the Western Rail Corridor would fit into a national strategy for rail development over the next 20 years.
.“Now is the time for Government to put in place a long-term strategic policy which will provide direction to the National Transport Authority and Irish Rail for future investment,” concluded Deputy Canney.
Lynch condemns illegal dumping of household waste
Galway City East community activist Donal Lynch has hit out at the illegal dumping of household waste over the Christmas period.
Mr Lynch said that he was contacted by a number of residents over what he said was “the disgraceful” dumping of house hold waste over the Christmas period.
“For the last number of years I have organised the delivery of skips in conjunction with Galway City Council to clean up this area but this illegal dumping continues to prevail.
“I am calling on galway city council and our local elected councillors for once and for all to put a stop to this. There needs to be serious engagement with the community to get to the root of this problem and find out why people engage in this activity not alone in the city, but also countywide.
“This illegal dumping is destroying our environment and communitie. On this issue I have contacted Galway City Council out of hours service over the Christmas I know the ground staff of Galway City council have been out over the Christmas and do a great job, but they simply cannot keep up with this workload.
“This is why going forward this has to be stopped at source let it be the waiver reintroduced but every household must account for the removal and disposal of their household waste, but this would go a long way in tackling this problem,” concluded Mr Lynch.
Cheevers calls for radical new policy to combat illegal dumping
A radical new policy to combat illegal dumping in 2021 must be introduced by the Galway City Council, after a spike in illegal dumping in the Ballybane area over the last few weeks.
This is the view of Fianna Fáil Galway City East councillor Alan Cheevers, who has called on council to look at a “radical policy change”, involving use of drone technology or cameras, as well as introducing increased fines and prosecutions.
“We can’t let illegal dumping of the kind that has been seen in Ballybane recently, escalate any further,” he said. “It’s not acceptable. Not only is this costing the local authority a lot of money to deal with, but it also it is a health and safety issue for residents who have to live beside it.”