Major travel disruption is expected in Galway again this morning, as the national Bus Eireann strike enters its second day.
The Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, has appealed to members of the National Bus and Rail Union to immediately enter talks to resolve the dispute – which has resulted in disruption on over 95 per cent of Bus Eireann’s services.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers held a picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city last evening.
School buses are expected to operate as normal this morning, despite the rolling strike.
Bus Eireann Spokesman Andrew McLindon says the union has assured them school buses won’t be affected.
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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.
The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.
Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.
According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.
Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.
Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.
CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.
€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.
Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.
The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.
It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.
NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.
The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.