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Merlin Woods campaigners to brief city councillors and officials

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Friends of Merlin Woods group is to make a presentation to city councillors at a meeting later today.

The group is against plans for a bus corridor through Merlin Park Woods due to environmental and heritage conservation concerns.

A petition has also been launched in a bid to gauge the level of local opposition to the project.

Peter Butler of Friends of Merlin Woods will lead the presentation and address a joint meeting of all four City Council special policy committees.

It gets underway at 3 this afternoon in the Menlo Park Hotel.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, he says dividing the park with roads will destroy the unique wildlife in the area.

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Ros a Mhíl designated port for Northern Ireland vessel landings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ros a Mhíl in Connemara has been designated as a port for UK registered Northern Ireland vessel landings.

It’s one of five additional ports nationwide which have been announced by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to join Killybegs and Castletownbere.

Under the new designation, Ros a Mhíl will be able to accommodate landings of fish from vessels under 24 metres.

Since January 1st, the UK is a third country and subject to ‘illegal, Unregulated and Unreported’ regulation and North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission requirements.

Minister McConalogue says the designation of Ros a Mhíl is an important decision, which will allow fishers in small vessels to continue their livelihoods in a safe manner.

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Galway Minister believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte says they must reopen so parents have the choice as to whether they want to send their children back to school or not.

It comes as the re-opening of schools for students with special needs on Thursday is in doubt after a teaching union said it has “grave safety concerns”.

There are calls on the Education Minister Norma Foley to now produce an appropriate education plan for children with special needs.

Talks are to continue today ahead of the proposed re-opening of schools on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Minister Rabbitte told Galway Talks she will contact the Health Minister to find out where teachers will be placed on the vaccination schedule.

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Health Minister announces funding for Galway Hospice

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister has announced that Galway Hospice is to benefit from a new annual fund of almost €11m to be shared among nine facilities nationwide.

Minister Stephen Donnelly says the funding is designed to take account of the potential impact of the loss of fundraising income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He further says it’ll also ensure when such activity is able to resume, it can be used to enhance and improve services rather than just fund core services.

The newly announced annual fund of €10.8m for nine facilities nationwide will be made in addition to existing funding for the voluntary hospice sector.

Those set to benefit are Galway Hospice, North West Hospice in Sligo, Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Marymount Hospice in Cork, St Francis Hospice in Raheny and Blanchardstown and Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow.

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