Date Published: 05-Apr-2012
The Department of Education has postponed final approval for patronage on a controversial new primary school for the city.
Minister for Education and skills Ruairí Quinn has already sanctioned a second Irish school for Knocknacarra but is seeking clarification on VEC school patronage.
The Irish Times reports that concern has been raised after Colaiste na Coiribe issued a letter promising that all students who attended the new school would have ‘automatic transfer rights to the secondary school’.
A spokesperson for Colaiste na Coiribe said the letter was issued by the secondary school and not by the VEC and was based on application addresses recorded for future years.
The growing suburb of Knocknaccara already has two primary schools- Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh and St John the apostle.
Senator Fidelma Healy Eames has questioned the need for a new schoolS, as schools in the west side of the city currently have capacity for 225 extra pupils.
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.