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Major step forward in bid to establish technological university for west incorporating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a significant step forward in the bid to establish a major technological university for the West/North-West which would incorporate GMIT.
The proposed venture is known as the ‘Connacht Ulster Alliance’ – which consists of GMIT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT.
It commits all three institutions to higher standards in areas including educational offerings, research activity, governance and international activity.
The Seanad has now passed the Technological Universities Bill which means the Connacht-Ulster Alliance can proceed to the next stage of its application.
Speaking in the Seanad, Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’ Connor says the bill will underpin a new standard of educational offerings.

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Council seek funding for re-design of “accident blackspot” at Derrydonnell Cross Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is seeking funding for the full re-design of the layout of Derrydonnell Cross in Athenry.

It would include a safety audit at the junction this year, with the aim of creating a more straightforward layout for traffic.

The council has made a submission to the Department of Transport to make it a priority for 2023.

Councillor David Collins outlines what measures could improve safety at the cross:

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Green light for demolition of former Clarin College in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The go-ahead has been given for plans to demolish the former Clarin College school campus in Athenry.

The two-storey building at Caheroyn Road was vacated with the opening of a new one-thousand pupil school on the outskirts of the town in 2019.

The works will see all permanent and associated buildings demolished, as well as foundations and surfaces.

County planners have granted permission to GRETB for the works with 13 conditions attached.

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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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