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Further recognition for NUI Galway on gender equality

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There’s been further recognition for NUI Galway on gender equality

The School of Health Sciences has secured the ninth Athena Swan Bronze Award

All three schools in the university’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences now hold Bronze awards

Professor Caroline McIntosh, Head of the School of Health Sciences at NUI Galway says their professions are predominantly female with low male representation, which is reflected in the department’s own academic and student profile.

She says their action plan aims to work towards greater gender representation

The latest award highlights the work which has been undertaken to identify such gender equality issues

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#PrayForArchie goes viral as terminally ill Roscommon Teen suffers heart failure.

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  • Archie (16), George (12), and Isaac (12) Naughton live with a life limiting illness, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  
     
  • Archie, the eldest of the Naughton boys is currently in a seriously critical condition in the Mater Hospital after suffering heart failure.  

Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Paula Naughton and her husband Padraic issue a heartfelt thanks to their family, friends, and supporters as their eldest son Archie fights for his life in the Mater Hospital.  Archie is in heart failure and in a seriously critical condition; his family asks everyone to pray for Archie and continue to offer their support on social media with #PrayforArchie and #NeverEVERGiveUp

#PrayForArchie’ and ‘NeverEVERGiveUp’ have gone viral over the past week with thousands of supporters of Join Our Boys Trust offering their love and support to the family at this extremely difficult time. Archie has been very unwell over the past couple of months with things taking a turn for the worst in the last 2 weeks with Archie being hospitalised initially in Galway University Hospital and now in the Mater Hospital, Dublin.  The family cannot thank both hospitals enough for the care and love they are providing to Archie. At this point the family asks you to pray for a miracle for their brave, beautiful and courageous son, Archie.  

Archie is receiving wishes from all around the globe with a candlelit vigil taking place in his hometown of Roscommon on Saturday the 2nd of July and encouraging words from TV personality Piers Morgan on Twitter to ‘keep fighting’.  

In 2012, when Archie was six and the twins George and Isaac were two and a half, all three boys were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  

DMD is a catastrophic muscle wasting disease which will eventually impact on the boys’ ability to walk, use their limbs, or even hug the people they love. Those who live until their late teens are likely to become totally paralyzed and will eventually die of respiratory and or heart failure. Archie, George, and Isaac are all paralysed and in wheelchairs.  They are now struggling to use their arms.  

The “Join Our Boys Trust” was set up in 2014 following a conversation with a consultant in Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Ireland who advised the family to ‘go home and love their children’. 

The aim of the “Join Our Boys Trust” is twofold 

  • To complete a purpose-built house that will accommodate Archie, George, and Isaac for as long as they require it.  
  • To fund research into finding a cure for DMD disease.   
     
    Since the “Join Our Boys Trust” was established, enough money has been raised to build a purpose-built house for the family, which is in Roscommon Town, Co. Roscommon, Ireland. Funds continue to be raised to ensure the on-going running costs of the property are covered as well as provide specialist care to Archie, George, and Isaac. It will also support on-going research to find a cure of DMD disease, the ultimate goal of Join our Boys Trust.   
     
  • Everyone can help Archie, George, and Isaac by donating to Join Our Boys Trust at https://joinourboys.org/donate/ 
     
    The Boys 
  • Archie loves Chelsea, Connacht rugby, music, playing drums and farming.  When he grows up, he wants to own his own farm, be a rugby coach and a professional drummer.  He enjoys spending time with his pals and watching sport.  He can’t get enough of roast dinners.  When he was younger, he met Cheryl Cole and lost the power of his speech! Unlike his father who could not shut up! 

     

  • George loves learning facts about EVERYTHING! He is an artist and loves painting.  He loves history, geography and travelling.  When he grows up, he wants to be a professional artist and have exhibitions all over the world! He also loves to watch TV documentaries, loves LEGO architecture and spending times with friends and reading.  His favourite meal is Shepherd’s Pie.   

     

  • Isaac loves learning new facts and is obsessed with soccer! He loves every single sport and watches every game or sports tournament.  When he grows up, he wants to be a soccer player and play for Ireland or Scotland.  Isaac is a total joker and does very good impressions of many famous people.  His favourite dinner is gammon 

    Paula Naughton can be contacted on e-mail at joinourboys@gmail.com 

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NUIG to host largest ever international conference

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway is set to host its largest ever international conference on Monday. .

The 11th European Solid Mechanics Conference will take place at the university from 4th-8th July.

Over 1200 delegates from around the world are expected to attend.

The economic impact of the conference to the local area is anticipated to be almost 2 million euro, with the in-person event made possible by the European Mechanics Society.

Manager at Galway Convention Bureau Niamh Stack says the conference will have many economic benefits for Galway.

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Questions raised over planning issues and lack of enforcement across Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Issues regarding the services from the planning section were again raised by Councillors at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.

Questions about the enforcement of the planning regulations and advice to potential applicants were put by a number of Councillors.

Councillor Tim Broderick stated there appeared to be a problem as regards the implementation of planning enforcement procedures. He said he had seen instances where developments had taken place even though they had been refused by the Council. How he asked could “big guns” – as he put it – get away with that.

Jim Cuddy said family members could be refused permission while others carried out unauthorised work free of sanction.

Councillor Joe Beirne called for the reinstatement of pre-planning meetings. These meetings give potential applicants a chance to discuss their plans with the planning sections in advance. Councillor Beirne said that applicants had an entitlement to such a service.

The Director of Planning Services, Michael Owens said he was assessing the pressures on the planning section and that it was not feasible to re-establish the service yet. He stated that there were over 40 applications for pre-planning meetings with the Council.

Councillor Declan Geraghty said it was unfortunate that these services were again pushed down the line.

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