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Dispute over separation of children on language grounds at Connemara pre-school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A dispute has arisen in Connemara about the separation of pre-school pupils based on their Irish language capability in a local centre.
Now a group of parents in the Indreabhán area are to meet the board of an Irish language and family support centre in that area to discuss the issue.
There are claims it is separation on linguistic grounds.
Others will say it’s a practical and positive step to protect and enhance the Irish language.
The Ionad Tacaíochta Teallaigh in Indreabhán has a remit to foster the Irish language at its creche, pre school and services.
The Centre has a long standing policy of separating children in the preschool.
Those from totally Irish speaking homes were kept together to ensure that teaching, contact and conversation was totally in Irish.
There is now a reaffirmation of this policy but a significant number of parents who want all children to be together – irrespective of language capability – attended a public meeting.
There are suggestions that some children may be moved to other locations arising from the dispute.
A meeting is to be held with the centre committee – but they say the basic policy of separation will stay in place.

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304 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening.

47 coronavirus patients are in hospital, with 13 in intensive care.

210 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Ireland so far.

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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.

Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.

However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.

Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.

At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.

They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.

They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.

For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.

Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.

However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.

It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.

Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.

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