Galway Bay fm newsroom – A dispute concerning the overnight working rate for Galway homeless service employees has been resolved.
In May, Impact Trade Union said it was taking a case to the Labour Court, arguing that staff at Galway Simon Community are providing services through the night for €4.50 per hour – less than half the national minimum wage.
The dispute also concerned some staff at Cope Galway.
A Labour Court ruling in 2014 recommended that time spent on overnight sleepover duty should be acknowledged as constituting working time.
It stated that workers should therefore be paid the national minimum of €9.25 an hour.
Padraig Mulligan of Impact says the issue has now been resolved, and the workers involved will receive what they’re owed before Christmas.
Free and subsidised higher education courses announced for Galway
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – 38 free and subsidised higher education places have been announced for Galway.
The course, which are being run under the Springboard+ 2021 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 initiatives, will take place in GMIT and NUIG.
Springboard+ provides free courses for people who are unemployed, people who have taken time out of work or education to raise their families or care for loved ones, or people who want to upskill.
The courses on offer in Galway this year include a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Recovery, a Certificate in Applied Digital Skills and a Higher Diploma in Business Analytics.
Programmes under the HCI Pillar 1 scheme are aimed at graduates and offer incentivised places for them to reskill in areas of skills shortage and emerging technologies.
For those in employment, the Government will fund 90% of the cost of a Springboard+ or HCI Pillar 1 course.
The application portal is now open and candidates who wish to participate can find full details at springboardcourses.ie.
LISTEN: Galway Senator to introduce bill to facilitate roll out of Solar Powered Schools tomorrow
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A bill that will facilitate the roll out of solar powered schools in the future will be introduced to the Seanad by Galway Green Party Senator Pauline O’Reilly tomorrow which also happens to be the longest day of the year.
The bill will amend outdated Planning and Development Regulations to finally remove planning restrictions and allow the installation of solar panels on public buildings, including schools, without planning permission.
Following the Bill’s introduction, Senator O’Reilly will then bring the bill to the Seanad for debate on Monday 28th June and said that only a handful of schools have solar panels because of the expense in putting together planning applications and such expense is not necessary.
City Councillor calls for investigation into the public drinking water infrastructure in Salthill
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A thorough investigation of the public drinking water infrastructure in the Salthill area is required according to a Galway City West Councillor.
Councillor John Connolly has sought further information from Irish Water as to the possible cause and extent of the contamination concerns in the public water system affecting certain areas within Salthill.
Irish water have confirmed to Cllr Connolly that further investigatory sampling is ongoing.
Cllr Connolly has expressed concern that the source or cause of the contamination is not yet known.
“Following recent readings of high levels of iron in a in a number of households within the Salthill area, Irish water carried out Water mains flushing and scouring over the past week. I was concerned that this work may have been responsible for the presence of E-coli in the water system.”
“I also sought confirmation from Irish Water that the contamination is solely confined to the limited area within the boil water notice. Irish Water have responded that they took samples of Chlorine in a number of locations in the vicinity, to prove disinfection of the water, and sampling at Forster Park indicates sufficient levels to indicate good disinfection is present, which will protect against E-Coli bacteria. The supply at the south end of Dalysfort Road comes from the Promenade direction as far as Hollands’ Shop, and that area is not affected.”
“I am concerned though that Irish Water have advised me that the high level of E-Coli was found in following the air scouring and flushing and if it hasn’t been caused by this work, are we sure it was
present prior to this. I am seeking the results of water samples in the area prior to the work.”
“It has further been brought to my attention that despite the Air Scouring and Flushing that was undertaken recent, sampling of household water within the Salthill area has again highlighted continued high level of iron. In one case over eight times the recommended level. A thorough investigation of the public drinking
water infrastructure in the Salthill area is required.”