Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is one of three counties to send the highest number of school-leavers to third level.
The figures released by the Higher Education Authority show that 60 percent of Galway school-leavers make the transition to college.
Other counties with a high proportion include Mayo and Leitrim.
The report published in today’s Irish Independent also shows that children of farm families are more likely to pursue third level.
The lowest rate concerned school-leavers from Donegal at 41 percent.
Minister praises young Gaelgeoirs as he opens Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Young Gaelgeoirs have been praised during the official opening of the new Irish Language Centre in Knocknacarra.
A red ribbon was cut today by Junior Minister Jack Chambers at Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh to officially open the centre.
It will provide pre-school and after-school facilities, along with supporting the implementation of an Irish language plan for the Knocknacarra and Barna areas.
The Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs was particularly taken with the young Gaelgeoirs he met at the school
HSE defends use of Loughrea Hotel for Day Centre
GBFM Newsroom – The HSE are defending the decision to place the Loughrea Day Centre services in the Loughrea Hotel for three days.
There has been backlash from some of the community, since it was announced the hotel would host the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
[In a statement, the HSE confirmed they had to move the Seven Springs area in St Brendan’s due to a HIQA re-registration condition.
St. Brendan’s CNU required additional circulatory space for residents, meaning the space needed to be re-purposed.
The HSE agreed the Loughrea Hotel would be a satisfactory interim solution, and had sought to reconfigure the CNU to provide a permanent day service within the centre.
However HSE Estate advised this was not a feasible option due to the topography of the site, loss of bedroom space and construction challenges within the building.]
Appeal lodged over refusal of Ballinasloe housing development (News 4)
Galway Bay fm newsroom- An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala over the refusal of a minor housing development in Ballinasloe.
The developer had applied to build six homes on an infill residential site in the existing Cuil Na Canalacht estate.
But county planners rejected the plan, finding it would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainability development of the area.
An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due in January.