Minister Coveney vows to assist Galway fishermen
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries has vowed to do everything possible to help Galway fishermen who suffered damage to boats and equipment during the recent stormy weather.
Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh raised the issue in the Seanad last evening, and called on the minister to provide an emergency fund to help with the repair and replacement of fishing equipment and infrastructure.
Speaking on behalf of Minister Simon Coveney, Junior Minister Tom Hayes said the government is acutely aware of the difficulties faced by the affected fishermen.
Minister Coveney has presented an assessment of the damage to vital pier and harbour infrastructure to the goverment, which is now awaiting individual damage assessments from councils nationwide.
The government will then decide on a fully-informed response to the damage caused by the storm in both coastal and inland areas.
Senator O’Clochartaigh says he is now calling on all fishermen who have been affected by storm damage to bring their case to the attention of the minister’s office.
Speaking in the Seanad, Junior Minister Hayes says any finanacial assistance given will be governed by EU guidelines.
Water leak in Salthill led to “colossal” daily loss of 850 thousand litres
Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that a major leak on the water network in the Salthill area was losing 850 thousand litres of clean drinking water every day.
The leak – described by Irish Water as “colossal” – was discovered at Taylors Hill and has now been repaired.
Enough water to supply the population of Ballinasloe for an entire day.
That’s what was being lost on a daily basis through the leak discovered on the network at Taylors Hill.
Every 24 hours, 850 thousand litres of clean drinking water was seeping into the ground.
Crews were aware of a likely leak due to a spike in usage, but found it challenging to identify the location, as no water came to the surface.
Following an extensive effort using specialised equipment, the leak has now been pinpointed and repaired.
Irish Water has described the fix as one of the largest savings of water this year in the entire North-West region
Seanad hears up to 900 on waiting lists across five Galway city schools
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senator Sean Kyne has told the Seanad there are over 850 children on waiting lists across five schools in Galway city.
He cites there are around 100 on lists for Coláiste Mhuire Mhaithair, Educate Together, Coláiste Iognaid and The Bish, while there are 360 on the Coláiste Éidne list alone.
In a response on behalf of Minister Norma Foley, it was stated the Department is aware of the issue and a number of building projects to expand schools are currently underway.
Senator Kyne says those long and medium-term plans are welcome, but action is needed now:
100 PhD researchers protest at University of Galway over pay and conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 100 PhD researchers and students have taken part at a protest at the University of Galway today over pay.
It coincides with a national protest organised by the Postgraduate Workers Organisation, who marched to the Dáil at the same time.
The group are looking to secure better pay, as on average they say they earn less than €18,500 a year, and do not have adequate workers’ rights.
Our reporter Sarah Slevin attended the protest to hear the group’s concerns: