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City technology hub to be sold for fraction of original cost

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A high quality office development in the city partially funded by Enterprise Ireland is to be sold off at a fraction of its original cost.

The Irish Times reports that the webworks at Fosters street, which includes a full scale coach station and underground car park will now be put on the market by Declan McDonald of PWC, who was appointed receiver by the Ulster Bank.

Joint selling agents HT Meaghar O’ Reilly and DTZ Sherry FitzGerald are understood to be looking for up to 5 million on the property.

The paper reports the public-private complex is thought to have involved an expenditure of about 35 million by enterprise Ireland, the city council, and a company controlled by developer Bernard McNamara.

Enterprise Ireland invested over 4 million in the Webworks which it promoted as a state of the art technology hub.

The first tenants moved in September 2009, but the occupancy levels never exceeded 16 percent.

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Union leaders appeal to NUI Galway to show compassion to students sitting exams

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Union leaders are appealing to NUI Galway to show compassion to students who are sitting exams.

Students’ Union leaders from GMIT, UCC, Trinity College Dublin and the Union of Students in Ireland have written to the NUIG President and Vice President to voice concern’s over the university’s opposition to the introduction of policies aimed at supporting students.

These measures include giving students the option to repeat exams if they feel they could have achieved better grades under normal circumstances and the removal of all repeat exam fees.

It comes as 55% of NUIG students surveyed have said they feel unsure if they will get a graduate job offer.

NUIG SU President Padraic Toomey is urging parents to join the campaign….

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County Council CEO expresses ‘deep regret’ over local authority links with Tuam mother and baby home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A statement from Chief Executive of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly says it is appropriate and necessary that as civic leaders and citizens of this county and country, that we reflect and learn lessons from the clearly painful and distressing accounts previously shared with the council, and from the testimony of many survivors as has been detailed.

He adds ‘we acknowledge with deep regret that the relationship between this local authority and those entrusted to the care of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has been broken due to our failings in the arrangements for their care’.

He concludes that today, he reaffirms the commitment and renewed determination of this local authority to continue its efforts to assist and support the survivors and all those with a personal connection to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

He adds ‘No one can change the past; however, it is important that we accept and learn from it, acknowledge the sad and painful truth, the personal impact and heavy burden carried by survivors and humbly acknowledge our failings’.

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Galway’s incidence rate of COVID-19 ninth highest nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s level of COVID-19 infection is now the ninth highest in the country.

The 14 day incidence rate now stands at 892 in Galway, just behind Dublin which has a rate of 937.8.

2,302 cases of the virus were recorded in the city and county over the last fortnight.

Monaghan has the highest rate of infection at 1,661, while Leitrim maintains the lowest rate at 280.9.

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