Galway Bay fm newsroom – While new students at some universitities around Ireland will be hit with price hikes for college accommodation of eight per cent this year the increase at NUI Galway is at the lower end of the scale.
The higher cost of accommodation from next month on some university campus residents is highlighted in a story in the Sunday Business Post today.
At UCD the accomodation price increase is eight per cent with NUI Maynooth the second highest at six per cent.
Outside of the Dublin region the increased prices for on-campus accommodation at NUI Galway is stated in the report to range from two to four per cent while at the University of Limerick prices are set to increase by two per cent.
A spokesperson for the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) says the increased accommodation costs are creating “an access to education issue” for many potential first year students.
The USI spokesperson added that the accommodation cost increases, coupled with the decrease in value of the student maintenance grant against inflation,
means that many students will be “priced out of college”.
Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.
The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.
It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.
But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.
Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt
The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply
The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.
The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.
It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.
Gaillimh le Gaeilge wins Irish language category at National Lottery Good Causes Awards
Gaillimh le Gaeilge is celebrating its receipt of the Irish language accolade at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards.
The award recognises the efforts of the organisation to promote an Ghaeilge in Galway City as an economic resource.
The non-profit organisation will receive a €10,000 prize as category winners.
The judges said a great deal of the work carried out by Gaillimh le Gaeilge is to bring the love of the Irish language back to families, businesses and the city of Galway.