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NUIG President welcomes reduced fees for international students

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of NUIGalway is welcoming news that college fees are to be cut for students who are the children of Irish emigrants.

The Government has reduced college third-level college fees to Irish emigrant families living outside the E.U.

Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn announced the reduction in fees for students from the U.S, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries outside the E.U.

Previously these students would have paid up to 22 thousand euro in international fees, depending on what course they take and at what institution.

The average fees paid by international students is 10 thousand euro.

According to today’s Irish Times, the reduction in fees will apply to children who spent at least 5 years in total in primary or post-primary education in Ireland or the E.U.

It will benefit families who had to emigrate for economic reasons, but still want their children to receive some education in Ireland.

President of NUIG, Professor Jim Browne, has described the initiative as ‘good and generous’.

He added that it sends out a strong message to the diaspora.

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Garda investigation as violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating after a major public order incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at a cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at a cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two local funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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1,432 new cases of COVID-19 nationally; 30 deaths in the past week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,432* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 272 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU.

There has been a total of 5,209 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 30 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

“We have been closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 and we are reassured that that the reopening of schools has not led to an increase in transmission of COVID-19 amongst school-going children or more widely across the population. This is good news for students, parents and all those involved in the education of our children. As always, we will keep disease transmission in the population under review, but given the importance of education for our children we feel that now is the right time to evolve our approach to the public health management of COVID-19 in educational settings.

“From Monday 27 September, we will change how we manage COVID-19 in our schools. Contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education and testing of asymptomatic close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education will no longer be necessary.

“Children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as close contacts in childcare, educational settings, special education settings or other non-household settings and who are asymptomatic will no longer be required to routinely restrict movements.

“Given the substantially higher risk of transmission in households as compared to any other setting, children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as household close contacts, will still be required to restrict movements and be tested, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

“Public health advice remains that any person, including children aged 12 yrs or under who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should rapidly self-isolate and not attend school or to socialise until 48 hours after they are symptom free.”

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Gardai at scene of public order offence at Tuam Graveyard

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are currently at the scene of a public order incident at Tuam Graveyard.

FYI Galway understands the incident, which involves large numbers, broke out after a funeral.

The emergency services are also at the scene, and there are unconfirmed reports of injuries.

The situation is causing long traffic delays in the area.

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