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Galway TD slams delay in providing equipment for special needs school in Renmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD says pupils at a special needs school in the city are queuing to be toilet changed because they’re waiting for funding for specialised equipment.

Labour TD Derek Nolan raised the issue of Rosedale school this week, slamming the Department of Education for the delay.

However, a decision on the funding is expected in the next 2 to 3 days.

Rosedale school in Renmore caters for children with severe disabilities, who are unable to sit up or use the toilet themseleves.

There is an increased demand for the changing benches following an extra intake of pupils of which there are now 26.

The equipment is essential for ensuring a standard of personal care, comfort and hygiene for the children.

Deputy Derek Nolan raised the issue in the Dáil this week where he criticised the delay in providing the 10 thousand euro for the school.

Responding, Galway East TD and Minister for training and skills said there had been confusion over the type of equipment that could be funded by his Department.

An earlier application for therapy beds as opposed to changing benches would have to be considered by the Department of Health.

A revised application for changing benches is now being considered and a decision is expected to be made in the coming days.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards

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Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.

The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.

The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.

The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.

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