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Funding finally secured for intellectually disabled school leavers in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been secured to provide a 5-day service for 14 school-leavers with intellectual disability in Galway.

The families of the students faced an uncertain future without a service due to cuts in the disability sector.

County Galway was allocated 210 thousand euro this year, but it was estimated that 800 thousand euro is needed.

The shortfall in funds meant that 14 students in Galway would be left without support services.

However, Labour T.D for Galway West Derek Nolan has confirmed that the funding has been secured to help the affected school-leavers.

Paul Duggan has two teenage sons with autism and his older son Peter has graduated from a full-time service at Ábalta.

Paul is glad Peter is getting the support but is wary about the future for his second son.

Hope for Disability spokesperson, Eamon Walsh says they’re giving the news a cautious welcome.

Deputy Nolan says details are being finalised between Minister Frances’ Fitzgerald’s Department and the HSE West and families will be notified this week.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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