Date Published: 12-Nov-2007
Government policy is going to force lone parents in Galway back into the workplace without consideration of the difficulties they face.
The Government is planning to make it compulsory from next year for lone parents of children over six years to become job-seekers.
It’s causing consternation among parents, most of whom are already more than willing to work according to the country’s first study on lone parents published in Salthill today.
The research reveals a lack of affordable childcare and family-friendly employers are the biggest obstacles to getting a job.
The NUIG Child and Family Research Centre and the One Parent Family Research Steering Group surveyed over 3,000 lone parents in the city and county with just 22 per cent answering the survey.
Chair of the One Parent Steering Group Elaine Harvey is calling on the Government to recognise the needs of lone parents if they are to re-join the workplace and raise a child on their own:
Head of the NUIG research team Dr Michelle Millar says rental supplements are another barrier for lone parents getting back into the workplace
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.