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Galway students to join Sligo rally in fight against third level cuts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 15 hundred Galway students are to join a rally in Sligo this afternoon as part of a national campaign against cuts to third level education.

The demonstration aims to protect the maintenance grant from any further cuts in the upcoming October Budget 2014.

Other rallies are being held in Dublin and in Cork in a bid to express student frustration against higher education austerity.

Students from NUIG gathered at the cathedral at 9.30 this morning where buses departed for Sligo, while students from GMIT are leaving the Dublin road campus in the next half an hour.

The Sligo rally takes place at lunchtime when students from across the West will gather in Stephen Street carpark at 2.15.

Kevin Donoghue is the USI Area Officer for the Border, Midlands and Western Region.

He says hundreds of Galway students are joining the march to show their frustration.

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Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU rewetting laws will devastate stock levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU laws on the rewetting of drained peatlands being used for agriculture will devastate stock levels.

The regulations have high reclaimation targets set – 30 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2040 and 70 percent by 2050.

Farmers have expressed fierce opposition to the proposals but Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed his support in a Dáil exchange with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Fitzmaurice says if it comes to pass, the impact on stock will be devastating.

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County council seeks funding for Athenry to Oranmore cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has submitted a funding application for a new cycleway connecting Athenry to Oranmore.

It would be funded under Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s Pathfinder grant programme for cycling and walking schemes.

The Athenry/Oranmore cycleway proposes to connect both areas and surrounds to Galway city.

Local TD Ciaran Cannon vows to make a strong case for the project at Government level:

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Immunology experts to host fireside chat in Galmont Hotel tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – World renowned immunologist Luke O’Neill will be discussing infectious diseases at the Galmont Hotel in the city tomorrow.

He will be joined by Poolbeg Pharma co-founder Cathal Friel for a fireside chat to forecast the future of Covid-19 and influenza in Ireland over the coming months.

The free event, which starts at 5:30pm, is open to all members of the public and places can be booked on poolbegpharma.com.

Cathal Friel gives his thoughts on how we should handle Covid-19 infections going forward.

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