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Minister says Galway parents will decide patronage of new secondary school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister says parents will decide the patronage of a new secondary school planned for Galway.
Richard Bruton gave the assurance as he attended engagements in the city this bank holiday weekend.
It follows an announcement last month that Galway is set to get a brand new 1000 pupil secondary school.
The new school will be located in either the city or Oranmore – and will be opened by next year.
Minister Richard Bruton says he’s met with a group of Galway campaigners who want the new school to be an Educate Together secondary school.
He says all parents will have input into the patronage of the new school via a new user-friendly online platform.
Minister Bruton also says there’s a process to go through to decide on a location.

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GMIT Innovation Hub secures funding to support next wave of start ups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT’s Innovation Hub has secured funding to support the next wave of start ups.

Innovation centres set to be part of the planned Connacht-Ulster Alliance have been allocated almost half a million euro in funding.

All three of the CUA Innovation centres received grants with the GMIT Hub receiving two grants totaling over 177 thousand euro.

Letterkenny IT’s CoLab received an allocation of 150 thousand euro while Sligo IT’s Innovation Centre received over 146 thousand euro.

The funding announced through Enterprise Ireland aims to ensure the Enterprise Centres, many of whom have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, can sustain their businesses and further develop their services to support the next wave of Irish start-ups.

Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT are working together to become a Technological University for the West and North-West of Ireland with a formal application expected before the end of the year.

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Government Ministers to meet over plan to exit Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government ministers will meet this morning to discuss exiting Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The national 14 day incidence rate is estimated to be 108 cases per 100 thousand, however both Donegal and Louth have rates of over 200.

252 new cases were confirmed nationwide last night with five cases notified for Galway.

NPHET will meet tomorrow and is expected to be cautious in it’s approach to re-opening the country.

The Government would prefer to move directly to level three, with a decision expected on Thursday or Friday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the situation is still volatile.

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Inspection at Kiltormer nursing home finds non-compliance in nine areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An inspection at Kiltormer nursing home in Ballinasloe found nine areas of non-compliance with HIQA regulations.

The unannounced inspection took place in July when there were 23 residents at the care facility.

Inspectors spoke with seven residents who said they liked living at the centre as it had a good atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.

However, the inspectors found non-compliance in several areas that included health and social care, staffing, premises, fire safety and governance and management.

On the day of inspection there were 23 residents accommodated in the centre with 14 assessed as having maximum and high dependency care needs.

The inspectors saw that the staffing levels allocated did not ensure that care was provided in a person centred way that reflected evidenced based practice and did not ensure that in the midst of the pandemic that infection control standards to mitigate the spread of infection were observed at all times.

An urgent compliance plan was issued the day following the inspection to request prompt action in relation to a number of regulations.

The centre was found to be compliant in the area of food and nutrition, visits, and information for residents.

The report concluded that the systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery of care, ensure oversight of the service and ensure the premises and services associated with it are inadequate.

At the feedback meeting, the provider representative and person in charge accepted the findings and the inspectors found there was a willingness to ensure that issues would be addressed to bring the centre into full compliance with the regulations.

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