Galway Bay fm newsroom – A west Connemara community has been selected by Údarás na Gaeltachta as a pilot area for its diaspora initiative.
Údarás is emphasising the importance of its many links with both natives and the descendants of Gaeltacht emigrants overseas, as well as those from the Gaeltacht who live in other parts of Ireland.
The Údarás na Gaeltachta Diaspora initiative has a focus on all of Ireland’s Gaeltachts.
It is aimed at keeping emigrants abreast of possible job opportunities at home with avenues such as working from home and self employment included.
Inward investment, tourism, educational and cultural links are also seen as benefits that could result from the Diaspora link-up.
The Carna-Killkerrin parish in the west Connemara Gaeltacht has now been selected as a pilot area for the scheme.
A local group will work with Údarás na Gaeltachta in developing a blueprint.
The effort will be closely linked with the Emigrants Commemorative Centre project in Carna.
However, there could be roadblocks such planning permission issues for those thinking of returning.
The first meeting of the new Údarás na Gaeltachta board pinpointed difficulties with planning permission as a major obstacle in the Gaeltacht.
New institute for teacher education to be established in the West
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new institute for teacher education is to be established in the West.
NUI Galway, GMIT and St Angela’s College Sligo have announced the foundation of the Western Institute for Studies in Education.
The WISE institute will support collaboration among the three institutions to enhance and promote teacher education in the region.
It’s in a bid to develop courses, research and public engagement in the sector.
The collaboration comes following a major review of the structure of teacher education in Ireland from 2018.
Head of the School of Education at NUIG Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc says the new institute will also focus on improving access to education for marginalised groups….
TII urged to carry-out safety audit on stretch of N84
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam area councillors are calling on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to carry-out a safety audit on a key section of the N84 Headford Road.
Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade put forward a motion at this week’s district meeting for the transport body to carry-out the safety assessment on the route from Ballindooley to Cloughanover.
The motion, which also called for verges to be cut back at the Balroebuck junction, was carried unanimously.
It comes as there have been several road traffic incidents along the busy routes recently, including two at the Grange junction in the past week.
Councillor Hoade argues the Grange junction is an area of particular concern to road users and local residents.
Director of Services for the Tuam MD Derek Pender told members he will have an answer from TII for the next district meeting, adding that the roads body has always been very generous in supplying funding.
Councillor Hoade argues that stacking lanes and turning lanes are needed at junctions exiting onto the N84.
City Council approves €930,000 loan for housing charities
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has approved a €930,000 loan to supply local housing charities with four properties.
The proposal was brought before Councillors at this week’s Local Authority meeting and was carried unanimously.
The largest loan of almost €300,000 will go to the Peter McVerry Trust to secure a four-bed property at Túr Uisce in Doughiska. The allocation includes €33,000 for essential upgrade works.
Peter McVerry Trust will also provide a second two-bed property at Boireann Bheag in Doughiska at a cost of just under €250,000.
Galway Simon Community has secured €200,000 for a two-bed unit at Lui Na Greine on the Western Distributor Road.
Meanwhile, COPE Galway has been allocated €190,000 to purchase a one-bed apartment at Dominick Street.
The loans have been secured under the Capital Assistance Scheme.
Director of Services for Housing Dermot Mahon told this week’s City Council meeting that properties provided through the scheme are given to families who have accessed homeless services and who are on the housing waiting list.