Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are in the pipeline for a major housing development on the west side of the city.
Burkeway Homes Limited has submitted a preliminary application for 101 residential units at Letteragh Road in Rahoon.
The homes would be a mix of houses and apartments.
An Bord Pleanála will issue its ‘opinion’ on whether the development would be suitable for a full planning application by April.
Gardaí and emergency services at scene of three vehicle collision at M6 Athenry junction
Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of a traffic collision on the M6 Galway Dublin motorway, close to the Athenry junction.
It’s understood three vehicles were involved in the collision which occurred shortly after 2pm .
The road is closed with local diversions in place to facilitate access for the emergency services.
HSE reverses decision to outsource catering facilities at St Francis Home in Newcastle
Galway Bay Fm Newsroom- The HSE has reversed its decision to outsource catering facilities at St. Francis Home in Newcastle to a private company.
Deputy Catherine Connolly says the decision was initially taken as the space was needed to facilitate additional staff in primary care.
She argues the decision to close an essential and award-winning service to solve an accommodation problem would be completely unacceptable.
Deputy Connolly cites the long history of the centre providing high-quality meals to those attending the daycare centre, as well as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service at Merlin Park.
The HSE has now confirmed the catering service will remain in-house, though it will now operate from a site in Merlin Park.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Galway West Deputy Connolly says it’s a vital service and we cannot afford to lose it.
GMIT lecturer publishes first evidence based study on post primary students knowledge of Algebra
Galway Bay FM Newsroom- A GMIT lecturer has published the first evidence based study on post primary students knowledge of Algebra
The report by GMIT Engineering Mathematics lecturer Dr Aoife O’Brien and UCC lecturer Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin, is based on Dr O’Brien’s doctoral thesis.
555 pupils from 29 post primary classes, including their teachers took part in the study over one school year, prior to the pandemic.
The research has uncovered strengths and weaknesses in Irish second year students’ understanding of algebra.
The report finds that students have a good knowledge of equality, patterns, and ordering numbers, but are struggling with skills such as fractions, decimal numbers, order of operations, and indices.
UCC’s Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin says students’ struggle with algebra may be heightened by the early enforced school closures due to COVID, given that the current second years were in 6th class at that time.
GMIT’S Dr Aoife O’Brien says that in these days in education terms a lack of knowledge of algebra is likened to not being able to read or write at the beginning of the 20th century, as it forms the foundation for many third level courses.
Dr O’Brien says the findings from the Irish study are on trend with international education patterns.