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Government accused of having “one rule for Dublin, another for Ballinasloe” over special education needs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Claire Kerrane has told the Minister for Special Education that there cannot be “one rule for Dublin and another for Ballinasloe” when it comes to accommodating special education needs.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Kerrane told Minister of State Josepha Madigan that the Department has rejected two applications from St. Teresa’s Special School in Ballinasloe for an extra autism unit.

The Sinn Féin TD said the rejections were made due to time constraints but added that time constraints are not an issue for applications from schools in Dublin – where 39 extra autism units are due to open in September.

Speaking in response to Deputy Kerrane, Minister Madigan committed to looking into the needs of St Teresa’s school.

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Power restored to 2700 households following issues with Claregalway transformer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Power has been restored to 2700 houses in the East Galway area.

2,700 households experienced the outage this morning in areas including Turloughmore, parts of Claregalway, Ballyglunin, Abbeyknockmoy and Tuam.

It was due to issues with the transformer based in Claregalway.

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Galway International Arts Festival launches revised Autumn programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway International Arts Festival has launched its revised Autumn programme.

The programme which takes place across September and October will consist of a mix of live arts and digital components.

The Festival opens on Thursday September 3rd with John Gerrard’s much anticipated outdoor mirror and LED lighting installation “Mirror Pavillion.”

“Mirror Pavillion,” is being produced in partnership with Galway 2020, and will be hosted at the Claddagh Quay before moving to Connemara’s Derrigimlagh Bog in October.

Meanwhile, Domhnall Gleeson will return to the Galway stage in a special preview performance of Enda Walsh’s new play “Medicine.”

Tickets for the festival go on sale on the GIAF website on Monday August 10th.

Festival Arts Director Paul Fahy says the programme is designed to be accessible to as many people as possible…

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498 cases of coronavirus recorded in Galway to date

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 498 cases of coronavirus recorded in Galway to date.

Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre show three new cases have been recorded in the county.

Last evening, the HPSC was notified of 46 new cases nationwide with 85% under the age of 45.

15 of these cases were detected in Kildare, eight in Laois, seven in Clare and five in Offaly with the remaining 11 spread across nine other counties.

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