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New Galway/Roscommon Education and Training Board to meet next month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The first meeting of the Galway Roscommon education and training board will take place next month.

The new board will merge the existing Galway city, county and Roscommon VEC structure.

The formal closure of the County Galway VEC is taking place at Petersburg outdoor education centre in Clonbur this afternoon, where the turning of a sod on an extension at the facility also took place.

Chairperson and community representative of County Galway VEC Pat Gilmore told members ‘la spesialta seo’, and added while it was a day touched with sadness it was also one of great celebration.

Most of the 50 plus existing members of Galway city, county and Roscommon VECs will automatically transfer to the new ETB board, which will cater for around 20 schools.

The headquarters will be based in Athenry, and will also include a sub office in Roscommon.

Galway city native David Leahy will take up the post of CEO of the new ETB, moving from his post as head of North Tipperary VEC.

Outgoing County Galway CEO Joe McDonagh says he hopes the transition to the new boards will be seamless.

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Local TD slams suggestions BEAM farmers must pay back €40m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten is criticising reports that €40m could be claimed back from BEAM farmers nationwide.

Deputy Denis Naughten says up to 18 thousand farmers could be facing a clawback of funds for failing to comply with the scheme conditions.

The scheme compensates farmers for drops in beef prices, but is contingent on farmers affecting a 5 percent reduction in cattle nitrogen.

Deputy Naughten points out that regardless of some individual farmers failing to meet the target, overall suckler herd numbers are already in “freefall”.

He’s suggesting that the Agriculture Minister seeks flexibility from the EU Commission to ensure farmers aren’t penalised for availing of the BEAM scheme.

Independent Deputy Naughten says it would be “immoral” to see farmers hit with a repayment bill right now…

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OPW Minister to visit areas affected by flooding in South Galway later this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW Minister will visit areas affected by flooding in South Galway later this year.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan says he will visit the areas when travel restrictions are lifted or possibly later in the year following an invitation from Galway based Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte.

It comes as a technically feasible engineering solution has been sourced for the Gort Lowlands Scheme – with Minister O’Donovan saying the solution is both environmentally and economically feasible based on the information at hand.

It’s understood the options assessment is continuing for the scheme and will be followed by a public consultation.

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World expert in Dementia care appointed adjunct professor at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A world expert in dementia care has been appointed adjunct professor of nursing at NUI Galway’s School of Nursing.

Professor Roger Watson is a Professor of Nursing at the University of Hull and Editor in Chief of Nurse Education in Practice.

He’s also an Editorial Board member of the Wiki-Journal of Medicine – and in 2017 was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Professor Watson’s specialised interest area is feeding an nutritional problems of older people with dementia.

NUI Galway says his textbooks have remained part of core curriculum in nursing programmes worldwide and he is a true role model for nursing students.

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