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Education Minister urged to clarify patronage award for new Knocknacarra primary school

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Galway bay fm newsroom -Concerns over the process of awarding patronage for a new primary school in Knocknacarra are to be brought before the Education Minister.

Ruairi Quinn announced last month that Educate Together has been appointed as the patron of the new primary school in the area due to open next year.

A further 8-classroom school for Knocknacarra for 2015, under the patronage of Lifeways Ireland Limited, will also be considered.

Cllr Donal Lyons raised the matter at a meeting of the Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board in the city last evening (Oct 8).

He told members he was disappointed that City of Galway VEC had lost out on the patronage after receiving many expressions of interest in the initial review in 2011.

Former Acting City of Galway VEC chief executive Tomás Mac Pháidín told the meeting that no formal award issued in 2011 and the Minister deferred the award of patronage pending review.

It was then put out to tender again in April this year.

A proposal has now been made to make the body’s views known to the Minister.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Cllr Lyons says clarification is needed

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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