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Ballinasloe teacher brings court challenge against transfer to city school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Ballinasloe teacher has launched a court challenge against her proposed transfer from the school she has taught at for 17 years.
Dympna Mannion of Headford Road has brought the action against Galway Roscommon Education Training Board’s decision to redeploy her from St Killian’s College, Ballinasloe to Merlin College in the city
The High Court heard Business Studies teacher Ms Mannion believes she is being “forced out” of St Killian’s amid claims of a ‘surplus of business studies teachers.’
Her legal counsel claims it’s not clear why she was selected, but the principal Padraig Kelly denies she was targetted.
She claims there are nine more junior teachers at the school who were not considered for redeployment, and no request for volunteers for any proposed transfer was made.
According to the Irish Times, the legal action follows a failed industrial relations complaint to GRETB’s HR Department
In her action, Ms Mannion is seeking an order quashing the decision to transfer her, and a declaration that the decision was in breach of redeployment procedures contained in the 1998 Education Act.
The matter has been adjourned until later this month.

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Exhibition launched at University of Galway on legacy of Tomás Ó Máille

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GBFM Newsroom – Minister Jack Chambers has officially launched a major exhibition at the University of Galway celebrating the legacy of Tomás Ó Máille, the first professor of Irish in the college.

Originally from Joyce Country, Tomás Ó Máille was appointed professor in 1909 and held that position until his untimely death in 1938.

Through images and audio-visual recordings, the Professor’s remarkable achievements as a scholar, writer, linguist, lecturer, newspaper editor, collector, and activist are showcased.

The exhibition will run for three months at the Hardiman Building,with plans being finalised to tour in the west of Ireland and overseas.

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Minister praises young Gaelgeoirs as he opens Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Gaelgeoirs have been praised during the official opening of the new Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra.

A red ribbon was cut today by Junior Minister Jack Chambers at Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh to officially open the centre.

It will provide pre-school and after-school facilities, along with supporting the implementation of an Irish language plan for the Knocknacarra and Barna areas.

The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs was particularly taken with the young Gaelgeoirs he met at the school

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HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre

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GBFM Newsroom – The HSE are defending the decision to place the Loughrea Day Centre services in the Loughrea Hotel for three days.

There has been backlash from some of the community, since it was announced the hotel would host the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

[In a statement, the HSE confirmed they had to move the Seven Springs area in St Brendan’s due to a HIQA re-registration condition.

St. Brendan’s CNU required additional circulatory space for residents, meaning the space needed to be re-purposed.

The HSE agreed the Loughrea Hotel would be a satisfactory interim solution, and had sought to reconfigure the CNU to provide a permanent day service within the centre.

However HSE Estate advised this was not a feasible option due to the topography of the site, loss of bedroom space and construction challenges within the building.]

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