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Call for Gardaí to investigate plagiarism at city college

Gardaí should be called in to Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) in order to get to the bottom of the whole plagiarism affair that has shrouded the college, a Dáil Deputy has suggested. Fianna Fáil Galway East TD, Colm Keaveney, said GMIT has serious questions to answer regarding an external investigation into cheating and…

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UHG nurses highlight hike in patients on trolleys

Nurses at University Hospital Galway (UHG) are set to stage a lunch-time protest tomorrow in response to a dramatic increase in the number of patients sleeping on trolleys overnight compared to this time last year. Figures released by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) yesterday show that there was an 118% increase in the…

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Faulty CCTV system at UHG putting patient safety at risk

Faults on the security cameras at University Hospital Galway (UHG) resulted in an investigation into an alleged assault on a female patient being dropped and thwarted the search for a patient missing from a unit which accommodates patients with infectious diseases. Security reports obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) detail a number of…

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Clean bill of health from toxins for South Park

South Park has finally received a clean bill of health following a soil contamination scare there eight years ago. Results from retests of the soil at South Park shows that there is now no risk to human health and there is actually no need to remediate the site. Councillor Catherine Connolly, who has campaigned to…

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Way cleared for Council to publish explosion report

The way has been cleared for the publication of a report into an explosion which ripped through City Hall more than four years ago, after the settlement of a legal action for personal injuries by a Council employee. The City Council learned from the Galway City Tribune this week that the High Court action has…

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‘Projects will suffer’ if city cuts Property Tax

City councillors could find themselves in a ‘damned if they do and damned if they don’t’ situation on Wednesday when they vote on a reduction proposal for the Local Property Tax. Sinn Féin are pressing for a ‘one swoop’ 15% reduction in the Local Property Tax that goes into the coffers of the City Council…

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Galwayman’s Everest trek in memory of stillborn niece

Loughrea man Mark O’Malley had long harboured dreams of trekking to the Everest Base Camp. A keen hill walker who regularly ascends the mountains of Connemara and explores the plains of the Burren, he finally made plans to do the trip, roping his girlfriend Louise Stevenson into the Nepalese adventure. During their lengthy preparations for…

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No water – but here’s your bill anyway

Residents in an East Galway village were furious to have received a notice from Irish Water asking for €100 per house . . . for a supply that they do not have. And many residents contacted by The Connacht Tribune have vowed not to pay a penny to Irish Water as they are not connected…

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Connemara cemeteries under threat

Connemara’s cemeteries – hemmed in so often between rugged mountains and wild Atlantic – are under threat like never before. Because many of them are almost full – and extending or replacing them may cost millions. On top of that, the landscape itself provides an even bigger challenge – because of the impact of the…

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Plans advance for greenway from Dublin to Eyre Square

A planning application for a “world-class” greenway cycle route stretching almost 280 kilometres from Eyre Square to Dublin is expected to be lodged with An Bord Pleanála towards the end of next year. City councillors received a presentation this week from Eoin O’Mahony, Associate Director of consultancy firm Aecom, which has been charged with drawing…

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