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Gaeltacht Minister urged to ‘sort out’ Claregalway signage on motorway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Gaeltacht Minister is being asked to immediately ‘sort out’ a long-running issue over signposting for Claregalway on the motorway.
The village is signposted only in Irish – and local politicians have long been requesting that an English version be added as a matter of urgency.
They claim the situation is causing chaos for visitors and tourists – who often end up as far as Tuam as they cannot locate the Claregalway exit.
Galway East Deputy Sean Canney says the issue has arisen because Claregalway is part of the Gaeltacht and signage must be in Irish only.
Independent Deputy Canney says it’s regulation gone over-the-top with a very negative impact.

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NUI Galway Irish language academy to get three million euro government funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Irish language academy is to get three million euro in government funding

The Department of the Gaeltacht has allocated the money to Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge

The funding of 1 million euro a year for the next three years will allow for the continuation of a range of courses through the medium of Irish in its three Gaeltacht centres – Carna and An Cheathrú Rua in Connemara, and the third one in Gaoth Dobhair in Donegal

Up to 2,000 students attend courses in the three centres

President of NUI Galway Professor Ciarán O hOgartaigh explains that this latest funding will also be used to develop Irish in early education – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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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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