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EU panel warns Galway 2020 at risk of ‘losing track’ of project

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An expert European Commission panel has warned that Galway 2020 is in danger of ‘losing track’ of the project.
It’s made a number of recommendations for the Galway 2020 board to address in the short-term to ensure further delays are not incurred.
The recommendations are made on the back of the second monitoring meeting between the EC Capital of Culture panel and members of the board of Galway 2020.
That meeting took place in Rijeka in Croatia on the 28th of June.
The report acknowledges the informal and honest discussion that was convened – as well as the work carried out by Galway 2020 since the first meeting.
However, it stresses that there is a need to solve a number of issues in the short term, with a danger of the project losing track and incurring further delays.
One issued raised was what the panel described as an ‘apparent loss of enthusiasm’ on communication.
It asked if there was a gap between the project on one hand and the city and its communities on the other.
Galway 2020 representatives indicated that the energy of the bid phase is still there – but they ‘needed to take a breath’ to review plans and establish a team.
The panel also queried Galway 2020 board members on the relationship between the project and cultural sector community in the city – in light of reports on an alleged lack of trust and confidence towards Galway 2020.
2020 reps acknowledged there was some ‘nervousness’ amongst the sector – but says this was normal and some insecurity was a result of a lack of clarity on budgets.
Other issues raised included a possible lack of a European dimension to Galway 2020; the need for further details on organisational structures; and budget allocations.
At the meeting, Galway 2020 representatives indicated their top priorities for the short term.
These are to establish a cultural leadership, improve communication, stabilise funding sources, deliver project contracts and advance evaluation and monitoring works.

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Galway Funeral Director warns families of importance of home security

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Funeral Director is warning families about the importance of home security at times of bereavement.

Tony Williams of Dignity Funeral Care in Loughrea and Portumna says criminals are always looking for opportunities to capitalise on people’s bereavement.

It’s been reported this week that burglars in south Dublin were found to be going through the RIP.ie website to target dead people’s empty homes while grieving families attend funerals.

The incident has prompted warnings for those who are bereaved to be aware of providing too much detail when it comes to online notices.

Tony Williams says undertakers have been aware of this issue for quite some time and try to warn families of their vulnerability – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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NUI Galway Secures €1 Million in Funding to Drive Equality Agenda

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has granted €1 million in funding to NUI Galway in a bid to help drive the equality agenda at the college.

NUI Galway is one of only five colleges to be awarded funding from the Performance Fund for higher education institutions, in recognition of innovative programmes to help create a better society.

NUIG successfully submitted a case study detailing recent actions to advance gender equality within the University where the proportion of female staff holding the role of Senior Lecturer has now increased from 33% in 2016/17 to 47% in 2020/21.

The proportion of female staff holding the role of Professor in the University increased from 16% to 28% over the same period.

The €1 million in funding will be used to support the expansion of work in the area of gender equality and the wider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda.

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Accessibility Ballinasloe Plays Its Part In Make Way Day

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Citizens across Galway are being encouraged to highlight everyday obstructions that can prevent access for those who use wheelchairs, walking aids and buggies.

It comes on ‘Make Way Day,’ a campaign to highlight the obstacles that can affect someone with reduced mobility.

President Michael D Higgins is calling on every citizen to double check that they’re not blocking a footpath with items like cars, bicycles or rubbish bags.

Organisers of Make Way Day want everyone to post photos of blockages on social media with the hashtag MakeWayDay21.

Accessibility Ballinasloe in collaboration withe the Brothers of Charity are part of the campaign to highlight everyday obstructions in the East Galway town which can prevent access.

Local Senator Aisling Dolan says the groups are hoping their work will encourage others to think twice when it comes to their actions.

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