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MINISTER SEEKS LOCAL INPUT ON GALWAY SCHOOLS

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 11-Jun-2011

Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn hopes to consult local groups to get their views about the future of two-teacher rural schools.

The issue was raised in the Seanad this week by Senator Trevor O’ Clochartaigh, who criticised proposals to close such schools as a cost-saving measure.

A ‘Value for Money’ review of small schools began last October and is due to be completed later this year.

In the Seanad, Trevor O’ Clochartaigh stressed the importance of maintaining two teacher schools, especially in rural and Gaeltacht areas.

Senator O’ Clochartaigh explained that there are nearly 70 small schools being reviewed in Galway.

Minister Ruairí Quinn responded by saying that he would wait to hear the recommendations of the ‘Value for Money’ report before giving a definitive answer on the future of small schools.

However, Minister Quinn added that, even though his constituency is an urban one, he understands the need for small rural schools.

Minister Quinn concluded by saying that he will speak to colleagues across all parties on a plan to get the imput of local interests on the small schools issue.

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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.

Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.

The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.

It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.

At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.

The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.

Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.

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Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.

The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.

Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.

Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.

The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.

 

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