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Galway East TD says GMIT could benefit from new government funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT could benefit from a new funding scheme aimed at multi-campus Higher Education Institutions.
That’s according to Galway East TD, Sean Canney who says a process has been launched by the Department of Education for additional funding for institutions with more than one campus.
Deputy Canney says eligible institutions such as GMIT -which has 5 campuses, could benefit from funds of 250 thousand euro per annum per institution.
Funding will be allocated on a competitive basis with the best proposals being awarded funding.

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1 In 10 Admit Speeding Within The Past Month

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Almost one in ten Irish motorists have admitted to breaking the speed limit while driving within the past month, a recent survey has found.

In response to an AA Ireland survey of over 4,000 Irish motorists, 9.17% stated that they had broken the speed limit while driving on at least one occasion within the past month. A further 6.15% admitted to doing so within the past 6 months, with 9.88% saying they had broken the speed limit over a month ago but within the last year.

In total, the findings indicate that over a quarter (25.20%) of motorists admit to having broken the speed limit on one or more occasions in the past 12 months.


“We have a two-fold issue when it comes to speed in this country. First and foremost, not enough people have gotten the message that excess speeds greatly increase your risk of being involved in a collision and the potential severity of any crash you are involved in,” 
Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. “Secondly, there are many roads where the sign-posted speed limit is not in line with the road in question. Speed limits which are poorly set, whether that is a limit too high or too low, undermine confidence in the system as a whole and lead to some people deciding to disregard the limit in question.”

The survey also found that male drivers were more likely to have broken the speed limit in recent times, with 12.27% of men admitting to breaking the limit within the past month compared to 6.78% of women surveyed.

When expanded beyond the past month, a total of 29.50% of male drivers admitted to breaking the speed limit within the past – compared to 23.04% of female drivers.


“While certain demographics are more likely to at least admit to speeding, it’s not a behaviour that only certain age brackets or groups of motorists are guilty of – it’s a much broader issue than that.
” Faughnan added. “Our roads are generally quieter currently, so there may be a temptation to drive faster, but there are also more cyclists and pedestrians than ever before so we need to remember to keep our speed down in order to keep our roads safe for everyone.”

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Justice Minister to address event at NUIG to mark International Women’s Day

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Justice Minister Helen McEntee will address an event at NUI Galway to mark International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day takes place tomorrow Monday, March 8th, and is a global focal point for women’s rights and equality.

To celebrate the day, the LawSoc at NUI Galway has formed a panel of some of Ireland’s most successful women, who will reflect on their contributions to society and what the future holds.

Key speakers include Justice Minister Helen McEntee, and Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Siochana, Anne-Marie McMahon.

They’ll be joined by former President of the Law Society of Ireland, Michele O’ Boyle, and Chair of the Bar of Ireland, Maura McNally SC.

They’ll discuss their current occupations, achievements, and obstacles encountered, as well as share advice for those aspiring to become future leaders.

The public event will take place on Zoom tomorrow at 5PM and registration is required.

Further information can be found on the NUI Galway Law Society Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn pages.

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Week-long roadworks to cause disruption on R446 near Loughrea

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Galway bay FM Newsroom – Roadworks will get underway on the R446 near Loughrea from tomorrow (March 8th).

The five day road resurfacing works will take place along a stretch of the road between Kilreekil and Kilmeen.

During that time, a stop/go system will be in place between the hours of 7.45am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Motorists are being advised to expect delays and allow additional times for their journeys.

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