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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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Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.

That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.

They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.

Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.

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Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.

At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.

He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.

But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.

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30 new jobs as Domino’s Pizza opens in Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Domino’s pizza has opened a new store in Oranmore, creating 30 jobs for the locality.

The new premises is located in Oranmore Town Centre.

The jobs added include pizza chefs, customer service staff and delivery drivers.

Justin Ward, Franchisee at Oranmore Domino’s said: We’re excited to open a new store in Oranmore, allowing us to deliver our delicious menu of handcrafted pizzas to even more of our loyal customers across Galway. 

“We’re also on the lookout for exceptional people to be part of our in-store team. More than 80% of our store managers start their careers as an in-store team member, so these roles offer a great opportunity for ambitious people looking to grow and build a career with the nation’s best-loved pizza company!” 

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