Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUIG has launched an equality report with new focus areas on disability, LGBT and multi-culture.
This includes a Gender Identity Policy and an LGBT+ Ally Programme.
Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor launched the initiatives along with the university’s annual report on equality, diversity and inclusivity for the academic year 2017/2018.
Report highlights include the launch of a University of Sanctuary campaign, and the reform of the Academic Council which now has a minimum requirement of 40 per cent male and 40 per cent female membership.
The ‘Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy’ outlines the University’s commitment to recognise and support individuals’ gender identity and expression.
Meanwhile, the LGBT+ Ally Programme is a staff-based initiative working towards increasing the knowledge, awareness, and support of LGBT+ colleagues and students.
A taskforce was established at the university in 2015 to assess and advise on how best the college could set up a process and timeframe to address gender equality.
Head of Equal Opportunities at NUI Galway, Aoife Cooke, says a lot of work has been done in recent years focusing on the area of gender equality.
She says this report includes a broader agenda covering a range of areas.
Galway City Councillors Give Green Light To Trial Cycle-way in Salthill.
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Councillors have voted to proceed with a trial cycle-way in Salthill.
4 local cycling groups had called on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.
17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion by Mayor Collette Connolly at this afternoon’s city council meeting.
The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.
Campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.
City Councillors to vote on controversial plan for Salthill Prom cycle-way
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway city councillors will vote this afternoon on controversial proposals to bring a temporary cycle-way to Salthill
Galway Cycling campaign, Galway Urban Greenway Alliance, Knocknacarra Bike Bus and East of the Corrib Bike Bus are calling on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.
The campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.
The plan has raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.
City councillors are set to vote on the proposal at a meeting this afternoon.
Hopes new action plan could create hundreds of jobs in Galway Gaeltacht village
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: It’s hoped up to 300 new jobs could be brought to a Galway Gaeltacht village with the implementation of a new action plan.
The plan for An Cheathrú Rua as a place to live, work and visit was revealed earlier today by Comharchumann Mhic Dara in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Areas to target in the plan include language and culture, tourism, enterprise, the arts as well as services and infrastructure and marketing.
As part of the plan a new study has found that more than 300 new sustainable jobs could be created if this plan is developed successfully over five years.
Seán Ó Domhnaill, Manager of Comharchumann Mhic Dara says the plan includes the input of local business people, members of the local community and various local and State organisations.