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NUI Galway President says 4 year Strategy puts the Irish language at the core of all activities

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NUI Galway has launched its inaugural Irish Language Strategy. A Strategy for the Irish Language 2021-25 was officially launched today (16 July 2021) by Dr Máire Geoghegan Quinn, newly appointed Chair of the University’s Governing Authority and former government minister and European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science.

The strategy sets out an ambitious vision to bring the University’s bilingual campus to life and to set out a path for truly bilingual culture, through operational policies, governance structures and empowering its communities to be champions of the Irish language.

The strategy was developed by the newly established Irish Language Strategic Committee chaired by President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, with wide participation from both internal and external membership to the University. The Strategy identifies five main themes: Academic Affairs, Administration Affairs, Space and Resources, Student Affairs, and the Public at Large.

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said: “Here at NUI Galway we are fite fuaite with our Irish language and Gaeltacht communities, and the Irish language is a central and deep part of our identity and our lives. It is our value as a university community to respect our diverse communities, both in the University and in our hinterland, to be open to the outside world and to be committed to the sustainability of culture and community. The Irish language is a core aspect of this respect, of this openness and sustainability. This is no burden – it is a privilege and a distinctive advantage for us and our community.

“NUI Galway is a leader in Ireland and, consequently, internationally in developing Irish language teaching, research and initiatives and, with that, an exemplar at home and abroad in terms of fostering close ties with language communities, especially Celtic and minority languages. That is the chance and the challenge that lies ahead.”

Bernadette Prendergast spoke to NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh on FYI Galway and asked him to outline the key measures in the four year plan

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Plans to be lodged for new fire station in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new fire station in Athenry are expected to be lodged today. (23/7)

That’s according to Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn, who says the long-awaited facility will replace the current sub-standard base at Clarke Street.

The new three bay facility will be constructed on a site at Ballygurrane South on the edge of the town.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says a Part 8 planning application set to be lodged this afternoon is the culmination of years of hard work.

And she says the local fire crew are a huge asset to the local community…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Galway among counties “most at risk” as thunderstorm warning issued

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow thunderstorm and rain warning has been issued for this afternoon and evening by Met Eireann.

Counties most at risk are Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Meanwhile, temperatures are expected to remain in the mid 20s for the weekend.

Met Éireann Weather Warning

Thunderstorms in places this afternoon and evening with lightning, hail and heavy downpours resulting in localised flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

Counties most at risk are Wicklow, Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Tipperary, Clare, Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Valid: 13:13 Friday 23/07/2021 to 20:00 Friday 23/07/2021

Issued: 13:13 Friday 23/07/2021

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9 people with COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today including four fully vaccinated patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 9 people with COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today including four fully vaccinated patients.

Seven of the patients are being treated at UHG while two are receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

According to HSE figures, four patients who have been fully vaccinated against the virus were admitted to UHG in past 48 hours.

Meanwhile, two COVID-19 patients are being treated in the ICU at UHG this afternoon but none in Portiuncula’s critical care unit.

Nationwide, there are 95 people with Coronavirus in Irish hospitals including 23 in ICU.

The HSE’s chief clinical officer, Colm Henry says 20% of people currently being admitted to hospital with Covid-19 have been fully vaccinated but vaccines are still providing a high level of protection.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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