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NUIG researchers record first Irish case of spider eating a reptile

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUI Galway have published the first record of a spider in Ireland feeding on a reptile.
It’s after a ‘False Widow’ spider was discovered in a garden eating a lizard almost three times its size.
The Noble False Widow spider – first recorded in Ireland 20 years ago – possesses fast-acting neurotoxic venom that can cause paralysis.
It’s bite has a mild effect on humans – similar to a wasp or bee sting which generally has no lasting effects.
It can also produce a very strong silk which gives it a major advantage over native spiders in entangling larger prey- though they mainly eat other insects.
However, for the first time in Ireland, researchers at NUI Galway have recorded the species feasting on a lizard almost three times it’s size.
They say the incident, recorded in a garden in Killiney, Co. Dublin, raises questions about the longer-term effect the alien species could have on the eco-system.
The Venom Systems Laboratory at NUI Galway is the only one in the world currently working on extracting venom from the Noble False Widow for potential therapies.

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Major step forward for new primary school campus in Athenry

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Galway bay fm newsroom – There’s been a major step foward in plans for a new primary school campus in Athenry.

Education Minister Norma Foley has announced her department is to acquire the former Presentation School site in the town.

She’s also confirmed that agreement has been reached with the Archdiocese of Tuam to transfer the Scoil Chroí Naofa site into their ownership.

This will allow for the redevelopment of both sites into a new campus that will amalgamate Scoil Chroí Naofa and Athenry Boys National School.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this is a landmark moment for education in Athenry.

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Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.

Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.

40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.

Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:

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Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.

Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.

Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.

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