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Irish Language student residences part of new NUIG language plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Designated student residences at NUI Galway for Irish Language speakers form part of the college’s Irish Language Scheme for the next three years.
President of NUIG, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh launched the university’s third Irish Language Scheme this week.
One aspect of the Irish Language Plan for NUI Galway is designated accommodation with reserved places for Irish-speaking students.
The first and pilot group of students is already in residence for the academic year 2018-2019.
A Comhordaitheoir Stráitéiseach – strategic co-ordinator – will be appointed to work across NUIG campuses to prepare a comprehensive plan of cultural and social events through Irish.
The language plan includes a focus on the university’s website to develop Irish language content online.
An Institutional Language Plan will be prepared based on the fluency level and number of Irish speakers on campus.
A Steering Committee will also be set up to monitor the preparation and implementation of the Irish Language Plan for NUI Galway.
The aim of the scheme is to improve and broaden Irish language services for the university community.

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Gardaí seize suspected cocaine in Ballinasloe as part of Operation Tara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have seized €45,000 of suspected cocaine under Operation Tara in Ballinasloe.

Gardaí attached to Ballinasloe Garda Station conducted an intelligence led operation in the Dunlo Harbour area of the town yesterday.

During the course of this operation a quantity of suspected cocaine, estimated to be worth €45,000 concealed on derelict grounds was seized.

A male in his mid-teens was arrested at the scene and detained at Ballinasloe Garda Station on Sunday.

He has since been released with a file being prepared for the Garda Youth Diversion Office.

The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels.

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14 Covid patients being treated at UHG today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 14 patients are being treated for Covid 19 at UHG today.

The hospital now has the seventh highest number of coronavirus patients nationwide.

There are four Covid patients being treated in the intensive care unit at the acute city hospital.

In the east of the county, there is just one patient being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

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Contractor to be appointed shortly for new footbridge at Clarin College Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contractor is expected to be appointed shortly for a long-sought new pedestrian footbridge at Clarin College Athenry.

The matter arose at Athenry-Oranmore District level, where it was confirmed by senior engineers that “everything is ready to go”.

Tenders were issued in July and have now been assessed, with the local authority awaiting the official appointment of the successful contractor.

It’s expected once underway, the works will take around eight weeks to complete – though no provisional start date has yet been offered.

The footbridge was included in the original plans for the new school, but the works were excluded from the original contracts which led to long-running delays.

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