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GMIT deepens alliance with Letterkenny and Sligo as part of future merger

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT has indicated that it’s deepening its existing alliance with Sligo IT and Letterkenny IT with a view to merge in the medium term.

It’s part of a fourth group called the Connacht-Ulster Alliance which has been included in a report published this afternoon by the Minister of Education Ruairi Quinn.

It comes as his department publishes the Heads of a Bill which will allow for the future establishment of Technological Universities and the mergers of institutes of technology nationwide.

Three groups of institutes have now expressed interest in merging.

These are DIT, Tallaght IT and Blandchardstown; Cork IT and Tralee IT and a final grouping of Waterford IT and Carlow IT.

While it’s hoped the new legislation will be passed by the summer, the criteria that the new universities need to meet will be very strict.

Ruairi Quinn says this is about making sure the colleges have the structures in place to become universities.

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County Council CEO expresses ‘deep regret’ over local authority links with Tuam mother and baby home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A statement from Chief Executive of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly says it is appropriate and necessary that as civic leaders and citizens of this county and country, that we reflect and learn lessons from the clearly painful and distressing accounts previously shared with the council, and from the testimony of many survivors as has been detailed.

He adds ‘we acknowledge with deep regret that the relationship between this local authority and those entrusted to the care of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has been broken due to our failings in the arrangements for their care’.

He concludes that today, he reaffirms the commitment and renewed determination of this local authority to continue its efforts to assist and support the survivors and all those with a personal connection to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

He adds ‘No one can change the past; however, it is important that we accept and learn from it, acknowledge the sad and painful truth, the personal impact and heavy burden carried by survivors and humbly acknowledge our failings’.

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Galway’s incidence rate of COVID-19 ninth highest nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s level of COVID-19 infection is now the ninth highest in the country.

The 14 day incidence rate now stands at 892 in Galway, just behind Dublin which has a rate of 937.8.

2,302 cases of the virus were recorded in the city and county over the last fortnight.

Monaghan has the highest rate of infection at 1,661, while Leitrim maintains the lowest rate at 280.9.

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Galway Gardaí issue appeal following vaccine text and call scam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí have issued a public appeal following a text and phone call scam which falsely claims it’s part of the vaccine scheduling programme.

The text contains a hyperlink requesting personal information and credit card details in order to book a HSE vaccination slot.

A scam phone call is also in operation where victims are being asked to provide pps number and other personal details.

Galway Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Mick Walsh has warned the HSE will never request personal details and only a GP should make contact regarding a future free vaccine…

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