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4 YEAR SETBACK FOR GALWAY STUDENT APPEAL AGAINST GRANTS VERDICT

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A planned appeal from a Galway student against a high court verdict on cuts to the higher education maintenance grant scheme in budget 2011, has encountered a serious delay.

A notice of intent to appeal was served in May last year on behalf of NUIG Arts student Medb McCarthy and Dundalk IT student Robert Johnson after their legal challenge was defeated in April.

However the student body has since been advised that the appeal process could take some time.

Antoinette Giblin reports:
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The students had initially sought the judicial review on two grounds.

They argud that they had a legitimate expectation that they would continue to receive the non-adjacent rate of the grant and that the Minister had breached Section 6 of the Student Support Act 2011.

However, the ruling by Mr Justice Hedigan in favour of the Minister and the Department found that grant cuts were in the public interest given the dire financial circumstances facing the country at the time.

However following its notice of intent to appeal, the Union of Students of Ireland has since been advised that there would be a four to five year wait to have such an appeal heard in the Supreme Court due to a backlog of cases.

A spokesperson for the USI says efforts to have it treated as a priority case have so far been unsuccessful.

Incoming USI president Joe O’Connor is currently finishing out his term as Chief of GMIT SU.

He says the delay means that while it may not have a tangible benefit on the education of the two students in question, he hopes to look into ways of expediting the appeal during his time in office as a matter of principle.

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Work is underway to repair the traffic lights at University Hospital Galway

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Repairs are now underway to repair the lights at University Hospital Galway.

An announcement on the Galway City Council Social Media Pages yesterday evening had advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area if possible saying that transport and infrastructure staff were aiming to replace the lights by next Tuesday.

Galway Bay FM News now understands that the contractor is now at the lights but repairs are expected to take some time.

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Visiting restrictions currently in place in Galway Clinic

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Visiting restrictions have been put into place in The Blackrock Health Galway Clinic

The clinic confirmed to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon that due to the influx of seasonal flu and Covid-19 infection, visiting is restricted throughout the hospital.

This has been done to protect at-risk patients.

Visiting hours at the hospital are from 5.30pm to 7.30pm daily and only one visitor is permitted to attend per patient with a time limit of 15-20 minutes.

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Speculation is rife in the United States that Marty Walsh is to leave politics

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News is emerging from Washington that Marty Walsh, the son of Connemara emigrants, may shortly be leaving his position in the United States government to take up a powerful advocacy and administrative role in the National Hockey Association of America (NHLPA).

Walsh, a son of emigrants from Carna and Rosmuc, is the secretary for Labor Affairs in the US Government putting him in the eighth position behind the president.

He is also a former Mayor of the city of Boston.

He is also known to be a close personal friend of the president.

It is understood that all members of the player’s union board in the Hockey Association of the United States and Canada endorsed an effort yesterday to recruit Walsh to head their union.

According to sources close to Marty Walsh, details are being discussed.

In terms of money, the deal is very significant – running into millions of dollars per year according to some reports.

Walsh has been in conversation with President Biden in recent days.

It is all a big surprise but Marty Walsh may not be cutting all ties with politics. 

He would be coming back to Massachusetts where he could possibly contest a United States Senate seat in the future.

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