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65 pension top-ups at NUIG and GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 65 leading academics and senior managers who retired from Galway third level institutions in the last three years received pension top-ups.

According to today’s Sunday Independent, 58 senior staff members at NUI Galway and seven at GMIT received top-ups since 2010.

The scheme is governed by a 1987 Department of Education rule, which allows applicants who have not accumulated the maximum 40 years of service to receive a maximum top-up worth ten years of pension payments.

16 retiring NUI Galway staff members received top-ups in excess of five years- while two received top-ups worth more than 9 years of pension payments.

Documentation has also revealed that a payment of over 16 added years was awarded by way of a spouse’s pension.

Over 520 top-ups were paid out at universities and ITs across the country- and these are estimated to add up to ‘tens of millions of euro.’

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin are expected to be brought before the Public Accounts Committee to explain their decision to sanction the pay-outs.

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Average house in Galway city takes four weeks to sell

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average house in Galway city takes just four weeks to sell, with prices rising by 3.1 percent between July and September.

In the city, the average house price is now €330,000, while in the county it has risen by 2.4 percent to €210,000.

Nationwide, there is disparity in the rate of inflation, with MyHome.ie registering a fall in asking prices of 1.3% in the third quarter of the year.

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Drink and drug driving offences in Galway increased on last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drink and drug driving offences in Galway have increased by almost 30 percent compared to this time last year.

The CSO has released the Crime Offences figures, which are still under Reservation.

It comes at the start of Irish Road Safety week (Monday 3 October to Sunday 10 October).

So far in 2022, 156 drivers have been discovered over the legal alcohol limit.

While 31 drivers have been caught under the influence of drugs in the county, according to CSO figures of the Galway Garda Division.

It’s a combined total of 187 incidents so far this year in Galway – an increase of 28 percent on the 146 reported incidents last year

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Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy receives his Pallium from Primate of All-Ireland in Tuam Cathedral

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Archbishop of Tuam, Dr Francis Duffy has received his Pallium from Primate of All-Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin.

The Pallium is a woollen liturgical vestment worn only worn by Archbishops, Cardinals and Popes and was given to Archbishop Duffy as part of a Investiture Mass that took place in Tuam Cathedral on Sunday afternoon.

Present at the mass were the bishops of the Connacht province, the priests and religious of Tuam Archdiocese and representatives from the 56 parishes of the Archdiocese.

This is the moment the Pallium was conferred on Archbishop Duffy by Archbishop Martin.

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