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Galway International Arts Festival Chief defends decision to resign from 2020 board as negotiations begin

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Executive of Galway International Arts Festival has stressed his decision to leave the Galway 2020 board was only in the interest of best practice.
John Crumlish’s resignation from the board follows the departure of Galway 2020’s former Chief Executive Hannah Kiely last month and its creative director, Chris Baldwin earlier this year.
Mr. Crumlish says it was always his intention to step down from the board when negotiations would begin between the arts festival and Galway 2020 about GIAF’s project for 2020.
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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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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