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High level meeting to discuss Educate Together secondary school for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are hopeful that a major announcement will be made on a new Educate Together secondary school for Galway in the coming weeks.
It’s as a high level meeting will tomorrow discuss what they describe as a ‘glaring problem’ in Galway – the lack of any second-level option across the county.

While Galway currently has five Educate Together primary schools – in Claregalway, Newcastle, Clarinbridge, Knocknacarra and Tuam – there are currently no second level options available across the county.
A meeting set to take place tomorrow – the latest in a long running campaign and to be attended by a number of local TDs – is organised by The Galway Educate Together Second-Level Startup Group.
They’re hoping a long-running campaign for an Educate Together secondary school in Galway will culminate in a major annoucement in the coming weeks.
Campaigners say they expect the Government to make a significant statement on the back of the recent completion of a review on it’s school building programme.
They also claim that enrolment figures suggest that secondary level students in Galway will exceed current capacity as soon as 2019.
The Government has long been accused of failing to deliver to commitments made on it’s divestment programme – which aims to remove the overwhelming reliance on Catholic schools to deliver education.
Activists say the lack of an Educate Together second-level school in Galway is a ‘glaring’ problem – and are hopeful tomorrow’s meeting will drum up further support for their long-running campaign.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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