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Minister tells Seanad Moycullen doesn’t meet demographic requirements for secondary school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Minister Josepha Madigan has confirmed that Moycullen doesn’t meet the demographic requirements to have it’s own secondary school.

The matter was raised in the Seanad by Galway based Senator Sean Kyne who said the growing population in the west Galway community means a post-primary school is essential for the future of the small town.

Senator Kyne argued that each day 700 children from Moycullen are forced to travel to Galway city, Spiddal and Oughterard to attend second-level, and the financial burden this places on their families, in terms of annual bus fares and additional car travel, is unfair.

Speaking in response Minister Madigan said the predicted population growth in the Moycullen area doesn’t meet the Department’s requirements for a standalone post-primary school because there is sufficient capacity in schools across Galway city to meet the needs of students from Moycullen.

Senator Kyne told Minister Madigan that sending students to other communities for post-primary school is in fact the problem and not a solution.

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283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.

23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.

There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.

It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.

The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.

A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.

€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.

Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.

€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.

City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.

€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.

And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.

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Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.

It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.

The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.

Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace:

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