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GRETB suggests Galway’s newest secondary school should be located in Briarhill/Coolagh area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board is suggesting that Galway’s newest secondary school be located in the Briarhill/Coolagh area.
The group has applied for patronage of the new school which the Department of Education says will be located in the city or Oranmore.
The GRETB is hoping to establish a 1000-pupil community school comprising an English speaking school with aonad lán-Gaelige attached.
The training body is proposing that Coláiste Chúil Each be established between Galway city east and Oranmore West – in the Briarhill/Coolagh area.
Educate Together is also planning to apply to the Department of Education to run the proposed new school.
GRETB’s Director of Schools Tomás Mac Pháidín says the area they’re suggesting as a location is an area of significant projected population growth, and is already home to three large gaelscoileanna.

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GMIT Innovation Hub secures funding to support next wave of start ups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT’s Innovation Hub has secured funding to support the next wave of start ups.

Innovation centres set to be part of the planned Connacht-Ulster Alliance have been allocated almost half a million euro in funding.

All three of the CUA Innovation centres received grants with the GMIT Hub receiving two grants totaling over 177 thousand euro.

Letterkenny IT’s CoLab received an allocation of 150 thousand euro while Sligo IT’s Innovation Centre received over 146 thousand euro.

The funding announced through Enterprise Ireland aims to ensure the Enterprise Centres, many of whom have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, can sustain their businesses and further develop their services to support the next wave of Irish start-ups.

Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT are working together to become a Technological University for the West and North-West of Ireland with a formal application expected before the end of the year.

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Government Ministers to meet over plan to exit Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government ministers will meet this morning to discuss exiting Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The national 14 day incidence rate is estimated to be 108 cases per 100 thousand, however both Donegal and Louth have rates of over 200.

252 new cases were confirmed nationwide last night with five cases notified for Galway.

NPHET will meet tomorrow and is expected to be cautious in it’s approach to re-opening the country.

The Government would prefer to move directly to level three, with a decision expected on Thursday or Friday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the situation is still volatile.

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Inspection at Kiltormer nursing home finds non-compliance in nine areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An inspection at Kiltormer nursing home in Ballinasloe found nine areas of non-compliance with HIQA regulations.

The unannounced inspection took place in July when there were 23 residents at the care facility.

Inspectors spoke with seven residents who said they liked living at the centre as it had a good atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.

However, the inspectors found non-compliance in several areas that included health and social care, staffing, premises, fire safety and governance and management.

On the day of inspection there were 23 residents accommodated in the centre with 14 assessed as having maximum and high dependency care needs.

The inspectors saw that the staffing levels allocated did not ensure that care was provided in a person centred way that reflected evidenced based practice and did not ensure that in the midst of the pandemic that infection control standards to mitigate the spread of infection were observed at all times.

An urgent compliance plan was issued the day following the inspection to request prompt action in relation to a number of regulations.

The centre was found to be compliant in the area of food and nutrition, visits, and information for residents.

The report concluded that the systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery of care, ensure oversight of the service and ensure the premises and services associated with it are inadequate.

At the feedback meeting, the provider representative and person in charge accepted the findings and the inspectors found there was a willingness to ensure that issues would be addressed to bring the centre into full compliance with the regulations.

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