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Funding for Westside sports facilities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 1.6 million euro is being provided for sporting facilities in the city.

The shortfall in funding for Westside sporting facilities can be met out of an 8 million euro loan drawn down for the overspend on Séamus Quirke Road.

That’s according to Councillor Colette Connolly, who says the Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes will be bringing forward a motion at next month’s Council meeting regarding the funding.

The Labour councillor says she has been given a guarantee that the running track will resurfaced and re-aligned and the playground relocated.

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NUIG announces first university partnership in Ireland aimed at building leadership skills

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced a new partnership with LIFT Ireland that is the first of its kind in the country, aimed at building leadership skills across third level institutions.

LIFT Ireland is a non-profit initiative to raise the level of leadership nationwide through the development of key leadership qualities and skills.

It provides training to a wide range of groups – ranging from multi-national corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations and individuals.

The programme is delivered through roundtable sessions, which focus on key leadership values, such as honesty, competence, accountability, empathy, respect and positive attitude.

Today’s announcement of the parternship between NUI Galway and LIFT will see more than 200 staff and students trained as facilitators by April.

These facilitators will then go on to help train a further 1,500 staff and students at NUI Galway in leadership skills throughout the year.

These students at NUI Galway who availed of the pilot scheme last year share their experience of the leadership training.

NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh says the new partnership will play an important role in cementing NUI Galway’s position as a leading university – for more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Progress on plans to reinstate child psychology services in Headford

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Progress has been made on plans to reinstate child psychology services in the Headford and Lackagh areas.

That’s according to Galway East Deputy Sean Canney, who raised the matter via parliamentary question.

He says the HSE have now confirmed they intend to restore the service, with approval granted last month to fill a permanent post.

In its response to Deputy Canney, Community Healthcare West acknowledged the post has been vacant since June 2019.

Independent Deputy Canney argues it’s intolerable that such a vital post would remain unavailable for so long – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals fall below 100 for first time in three weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals have dropped below 100 for the first time in three weeks.

There are 88 Coronavirus patients being treated in the city and county today – with 83 at UHG and five at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

That’s the lowest figure since January 9th when there were 86 patients being treated in Galway’s two main COVID-19 hospitals.

Of the 88 COVID-19 patients in the city and county today, 20 are in ICU – with 16 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital.

Nationally, 1,727 people with the virus are receiving treatment at Irish hospitals today.

It’s the lowest number of patients on wards since January 12th.

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