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NUI Galway confirms settlement reached in gender discrimination case

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has confirmed that an agreement has been reached with four female lecturers who claimed they were discriminated against by the university.
In a statement, NUI Galway describes it as an ‘amicable’ agreement and states the four women have now all been promoted to senior lecturer positions.
However, it adds that the details of the agreement are otherwise confidential and none of the parties wish to make any further comment.
The case arose after Dr Sylvie Lannegrand, Dr Roisin Healy, Dr Margaret Hodgins and Dr Adrienne Gorman made unsuccessful applications for promotion to positions of senior lecturer between October 2008 and April 2009.
They took their case to the High Court, and argued they had been treated less favourably by NUI Galway on grounds of gender or family status.
Previously, Dr. Micheline Sheehy Skeffington won a landmark gender discrimination case against the university – with an Equality Tribunal ordering in 2014 that she be promoted and receive compensation.
Dr Sheehy Skeffington says the women’s courage was instrumental in bringing about change.

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Full preferred route for Galway-Athlone cycleway to be published tomorrow

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The full preferred route for the Galway-Athlone cycleway project will be published online tomorrow.

It follows consultation with landowners over the past year – though there’s been vocal opposition in some areas.

The preferred route starts near Ballyloughane Beach on the east side of Galway City, and snakes it way towards Athlone, taking in a wide range of towns, villages and hinterland.

The anchor points are Oranmore, Renville, Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Kinvara, Gort, Woodford, Portumna, Meelick, Clonfert, Ballinasloe, Shannonbridge and Athlone Castle.

But while there’s no opposition to the cycleway in principal, there’s some discontent about certain elements of the emerging option.

There’s been criticism over alleged interference with areas of special conservation in South Galway, as well an alleged lack of engagement with some landowners in East Galway.

The entire preferred route will be published on the project website tomorrow and can be viewed at GalwayToAthloneCycleway.com.

Four public information events are also to be held next week.

They’ll be held at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Tuesday, the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort on Wednesday, Portumna Community Hall on Thursday and at the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on Friday.

It’s expected a planning application for the ambitious project will be lodged with An Bord Pleanala sometime in 2024.

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Mairead Farrell suggests Government bringing Ireland “full circle” back to 2008

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairead Farrell says she has an awful sense that the Government is bringing Ireland “full circle” back to 2008.

Speaking during a debate in the Dáil, she argued it hasn’t done close to enough to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis.

And she said rents prices are out of control – and claimed the Government is now presiding over people being thrown out on the streets.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell said the reality is, the current situation is a direct result of Government policy.

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Quality-assured approval for local Blue Teapot Theatre Company

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based Blue Teapot Theatre Company has received recognition as a provider of a quallity assurance programme.

The local company based in Galway city is well-known for its work involving people with intellectual disabilities in theatre.

The QQI process recognises the high quality work in developing, enhancing and implementing quality assurance processes.

Last year, the group bought a new building on Munster Avenue, which it’s now been revealed was possible thanks to Social Finance Foundation, Clann Credo.

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