Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has told a city conference that he wants Ireland to be the European leader in education and training by 2026.
Minister Richard Bruton has addressed the Association of Community and Comprehensive Schools conference at the Galmont Hotel today.
He says Ireland’s education and training sector is performing well, with Irish pupils among the best educated in Europe.
Minister Bruton is at NUI Galway now where he’s attending a panel discussion on the higher education sector.
This afternoon, he’ll turn the first sod on the site of the new school for Presentation College Athenry.
The Minister will also deliver an update on the long awaited construction project.
The sod turning takes place at the site for the new school at Raheen at 3.30 this afternoon.
Cathaoirleach renews call for decisive action on dealing with control of horses at Headford Road hotspot
Galway Bay fm newsroom – County Cathaoirleach James Charity has renewed his call for robust legislation to deal with the control of stray horses at various hotspots.
It comes as a dead foal was taken from an area of commonage or private land and dumped at the roadside adjacent to the N84.
Councillor Charity became aware of the incident on Saturday evening and it’s understood the animal is to be removed today.
The Independent councillor argues there should be a single body to have overall responsibility for dealing with such incidents and that the body requires teeth to enfore legislation.
He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the incidents occur at the same hotspots and without decisive action will continue.
The Cathaoirleach says animal welfare and road safety are major concerns at the N84 location and it’s time to get to grips with the situation.
EPA report lists five water bodies in Galway with poor ecological status
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Five surface water bodies in county Galway have been given a poor classification for pollution.
Based on data collected between 2013 and 2018, the EPA’s Integrated Assessment report has classified the rivers and lakes in question as having a bad ecological status.
The water bodies include the Kilcolgan river, the Owenriff River in Oughterard, Ballyquirke Lough in Moycullen, Lough Alewnaghta on the Galway to Clare border and the Rinncarna Pools near Ballindereen.
According to the report, the ‘bad’ classification means these water bodies are being severely damaged by pollution and other human disturbances – to the extent it prevents them from supporting most types of aquatic life.
Nationally the EPA has found the number of very clean rivers in Ireland has decreased by 96 per cent over the past 30 years.
Dr Jonathan Derham, from the EPA, says 90 per cent of our energy is generated by fossil fuels – which is causing pollution.
Minister to investigate exclusion of Galway council tenants from insulation scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Finance Minister is set to investigate the exclusion of Galway council tenants from a home insulation scheme.
That’s according to Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten who has raised the issue with Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Dáil.
According to Deputy Naughten the new Midland Home Retrofit Scheme is not insulating council houses that are in rural parts of Galway or are in housing estates exclusively owned by the local authority.
In response Minister Donohoe said he would follow-up the matter, adding he could not see why retrofitting, and spending, by the local authority should be dependent on the housing estate in which the homes are located.