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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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Galway City Councillor calls on Government to prioritise Mental Health in upcoming Budget

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A Galway city councillor is urging the Government to prioritise mental health services in the upcoming budget on the day that national organisation Mental Health Reform says Ireland’s mental health funding is almost half of what it should be.

It was envisaged that 10 per cent of Ireland’s health budget would be set aside for mental heath, but last year, just 5.1 per was actually allocated.

Labour’s Niall McNeilis says with one in four in our society set to experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, it’s time to ensure that the nationally mental health policy is fully resourced.

The city councillor highlights that an increase in the number seeking treatment for eating disorders has led to longer waiting lists and anxiety for those seeking supports.

Councillor McNeilis says in his role as chairperson of local charity Let’s Get Talking he’s very aware that local mental health services must be funded to alleviate growing waiting lists – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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€400,000 allocated to arts organisations across Galway city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Arts organisations across Galway city are to benefit from grants totalling €400,000.

Over sixty artist-led organisations will share in the funding granted by Galway City Council.

Galway City Council says while its finances have been seriously affected by the pandemic, in recognition of the importance of contemporary arts to the city the local authority has made available the full arts budget as agreed before the COVID-19 crisis.

Galway International Arts Festival will receive the biggest allocation of €46,000 followed by Galway Arts Centre which will benefit from €35,000 in funding.

Druid Performing Arts Company has also been successful with €28,000 granted while €26,00 is on the way for Galway Music Residency.

Macnas, Galway Film Fleadh and Baboró International Arts Festival For Children have all been granted €19,000 to fund projects in the coming year.

Other recipents include Galway Theatre Festival, Galway Community Circus and Moonfish Theatre.

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Campaign to inspire more Galway women to get involved in politics

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Efforts are underway to inspire more women to become involved in politics in Galway City and County.

Just 23 percent of TDs in the Dail are women while only 25% of local councillors across the country are female.

While 60 % of the representatives in the Galway West constituency are women, other areas of the county and city have very low numbers of female politicians.

In a bid to get more females involved, the Women For Election group will be providing online training over 3 weeks for those who are interested in getting involved.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Caitriona Gleeson of Women For Election says a lack of female representation, particularly at a national level, can have a real and lasting impact.

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