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City councillor calls on Education Minister to address class size at Menlo National School

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city councillor is calling on the Minister for Education to prevent the prospect of a 41 student class at Menlo National School.
Independent councillor Michael Cubbard says parents of fifth and sixth class students have been advised that pupils will face class grouping with one assigned teacher for the upcoming academic year.
According to councillor Cubbard, the Menlo school is eight students short of the required number needed to gain an extra class teacher.
The councillor says the school has considered asking the 41 parents in question to assist in funding an extra teacher.
However he argues this isn’t a realistic solution and the Minister of Education needs to intervene.
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Plans for ‘habitable treehouse’ overlooking Killary Fjord in Connemara

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Plans have been lodged for a ‘habitable treehouse’ overlooking Killary Fjord in Connemara.

The commercial treehouse would be located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.

The proposed treehouse is billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would accommodate up to four people.

It would be placed on poles planted in the ground, as the surrounding woodland is of limited height and unable to carry a house of the size planned.

It’d be designed to blend into the environment and be essentially invisible from the fjord while maintaining a view.

The application acknowledges the design has to be eco-conscious in construction and sustainable in operation.

It adds the treehouse should provide comfortable spaces to spend time – but the idea is to offer the guests the possibility to stay outside as much as possible.

County planners are due to make a decision in February.

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N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar reopens following fatal road traffic collision

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar has reopened following a fatal road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 at approximately 12.45 pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road has since reopened and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any Garda station.

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Local MEP urges for Russia and Belarus to be banned from the Olympics

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A local MEP wants Russia and Belarus to be banned from the Olympics.

83 European Parliament members have written to the European Council President Charles Michel calling for Russian and Belarusian athletes to be banned.

The International Olympic Committee has indicated athletes from these countries could take part as neutral participants.

But Midland-North-West MEP Colm Markey says they shouldn’t be allowed to compete in the 2024 Olympics:

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