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Connemara community selected for pilot diaspora project

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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.

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Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads

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From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020

That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.

There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.

Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.

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Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.

He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.

Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.

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NUIG professor appointed to panel reviewing children’s social care services in Northern Ireland

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A professor at NUI Galway has been appointed to a special panel to review children’s social care services in Northern Ireland.

Health Minister in the NI Executive, Robin Swann, has confirmed that Professor Pat Dolan will join the panel, with the review to begin next month.

Over a 16 month period, it’ll engage with parents, children and young people, as well as those working within the services, to assess the current model under a a wide range of criteria.

Professor Dolan is Director of the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, and UNESCO Chair at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway.

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