Date Published: 03-Dec-2007
NUI Galway’s lack of resources has been strongly criticised as 1,000 students are forced to sit their Christmas exams at Galway Racecourse, on the opposite side of the city to the university campus
For the first time ever students have to travel to an NUIG exam centre set up on the top floor of the new Grandstand at Ballybrit.
Students have had to sit their exams off-campus for the past two decades due to cramped conditions and a lack of a dedicated exam hall at NUIG, but the venues are usually close to the campus
One of these venues – Leisureland – wasn’t available this year due to Galway on Ice using the premises.
The university has laid on buses from the campus to the racecourse costing 3 euro return, but many students are opting to navigate the city’s gridlock themselves by car.
The university hasn’t commented on the problem but Student Union Vice President and Education Officer Ciara Staunton says it’s not ideal for already stressed out students
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.