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New facility for children with autism approved for Castlegar school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A school on the outskirts of the city is set for expansion now that the city council has approved the plans.
The Board of Management of Castlegar National School has been given planning permission to an extension.
The new extension at Castlegar National School will provide a new classroom for children with autism, a general classroom and ancillary rooms.
The plans also include a new drop-off area at the back of the school.
The extension is subject to 9 planning conditions including a stipulation that it can’t be occupied until the access roadway and footpaths are fully completed.

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FYI Dáil hears of significant gaps in youth mental health services in Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Dáil has heard of significant gaps in youth mental health services being offered in Galway.

Contributing to a debate on services nationwide, Deputy Mairead Farrell said the lack of out-of-hours services is a particular local concern.

She cited a recent survey conducted among young people across the county, many of whom have directly accessed services.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell also pointed out that Galway has the highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with youth mental health service Jigsaw.

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Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads

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From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020

That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.

There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.

Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.

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Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.

He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.

Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.

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