Children’s Minister to review funding cuts at Ballinasloe therapeutic and learning centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Children’s Minister says he will ensure that no child is disadvataged by funding cuts to the Ballinasloe Therapeutic and Learning Centre.
In his first appearance in the Seanad as Minister for Children, Charlie Flanagan told Galway Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh that he would review the allocation of funding for the service.
The centre, which is operation since 1983, provides a number of speech and language programmes for children and families in East Galway.
Senator O’Clochartaigh told the Seanad that funding had been cut by around ten thousand euro and as a result, the centre has had to cut its services.
He said the setting up of Túslá – the child and family agency – may have been a cover for cutbacks.
Minister Flanaghan said he will review the situation and ensure that children do not miss out on essential therapy as a result of funding cuts.
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Local TD urges Taoiseach to intervene in retained firefighter crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Taoiseach to intervene in the retained fire service crisis as industrial action is underway.
SIPTU says local authorities have failed to address the recruitment and retention crisis in the brigade.
From this morning, firefighters won’t be attending training drills or testing their life saving equipment like breathing apparatus.
Retained fire-fighters are paid a base allowance and are on call 24/7 for most of the year, but typically work another full-time job
Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane says the Government was made aware last year that the service was on the brink of collapse.
4 Galway Garda stations recorded 5-year peak in crime last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Four Garda stations in Galway recorded a 5-year peak in crime rates last year.
According to the Irish Independent, Athenry, Gort, Oranmore and Clifden all experienced higher levels of crime compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Meanwhile, Salthill garda station was one of 257 to experience a significant reduction in crime in 2022.
Between 2019 and 2022, Crime was up 12.4 per cent at Anglesea Garda Station in Cork, 4.4 per cent at Henry Street in Limerick and 4.3 per cent at Ballybricken in Waterford.
The most dramatic increase recorded nationally was at Moate Garda Station in Westmeath, which saw crime increase by 125 per cent.
Larger stations such as Dublin Airport saw rates increase by nearly 50 per cent since before the pandemic.
The type of crime which has seen the biggest spike during this four year period was homicide – which has risen by 30 per cent.
Despite these increases, there was a decrease in the level of crime across 257 stations, including Salthill, Kinsale in Cork, Finglas in Dublin and Bray in county Wicklow.]
University of Galway to host one of three International Security Policy Forums
Galway Bay fm newsroom – University of Galway will host one of three Consultative Forums on International Security Policy.
Tánaiste Micheál Martin has opened the public consultation on gov.ie and the registration process is available via eventbrite until July 7th.
Public forums will be held across three locations, with the Galway meeting being held on June 23rd.
Each forum will also be livestreamed each day on the Government website.