Galway West Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh is to attend an Oireachtas debate on pupil/teacher ratios in small Gaeltacht schools today.
It’s estimated around 80 per-cent of the Gaeltacht primary schools across the country have four teachers or less.
The Oireachtas Joint Committee on Education and Social Protection will meet with Eagraíocht na Scoileanna Gaeltachta to consider the matter.
The meeting takes place at 1 this afternoon.
There are worries among communities that these schools are particularly vulnerable to changes in the pupil-teacher ratio’s which were announced in the 2012 budget.
Committee member and Fianna Fail’s Spokesperson on Education Charlie McConalouge is calling on the Education Minister to ensure no further cut-backs to small schools.
Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are continuing to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort.
Due to the depletion of water in the reservoir, there will be an outage until approximately 8 tonight to allow levels to recover.
Galway County Council working in partnership with Irish Water say there may be further outages overnight, but every effort will be made to restore supply to all areas as soon as possible.
Step forward in redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in the redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub, with the opening of the tender process.
The Department of Transport and URDF funded plan aims to transform the station area as integrated public transport hub.
Speaking as the tender process was announced Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ease of transfer between rail and bus at the upgraded train station will support the compact and sustainable growth of the city.
Subject to the tender process and funding approvals, Iarnród Éireann envisages awarding the main construction contract by mid-2023, with a construction phase of 30 months.
The work will include a new entrance and facade, new customer facilities, enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services and a new roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright spaces.
Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said this investment, along with progress in delivering BusConnects Galway, will provide more options on how people can travel to,from and around the city and county.
Clár na gComhlachtaí launched at Connemara school by Junior Gaeltacht Minister
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today saw the official launch of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the Student Enterprise Programme, provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).
The hands-on business learning experience was launched in in Coláiste Cholmcille in the Connemara Gaeltacht today by Minister for State for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers
Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages budding entrepreneurs in Transition Year in the Gaeltacht areas of Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford to develop their own mini-enterprises and compete in a national final.