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Oireachtas report recommends more incentives for island schools

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Oireachtas committee has launched a report on off-shore island schools and the challenges they face in places such as the Aran Islands.
Last summer a deputation from the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Irish language travelled to Inis Mór.
Following on from this, the Galway-Roscommon Education and Training Board was invited to attend a hearing of the Education and Skills Committee at Leinster House just before Christmas.
As a result of this consultation a report with 8 recommendations has been launched by the Joint Committee on Education and Skills today.
One recommendation is that the island allowance be reinstated for teachers in island schools as an incentive for accessing and retaining staff.
It’s also proposed to increase the budget to island post-primary schools by 20 thousand euro annually.
The report also recommends that independent status be granted to Coláiste Naomh Eoin, Inis Meáin and that DEIS status be awarded to the five-post primary schools on Ireland’s islands.
Another recommendation is that the formula for teacher allocation be changed and increased to reflect the needs of off-shore island schools.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm News, the GRETB says it trusts that the Minister for Education will act on the recommendations of the report for the future of island schools and communities.

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Local TD claims Budget 2023 brings no certainty to families

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD claims Budget 2023 does not bring any certainty to families.

The Government delivered a 11 billion euro budget, the largest in the history of the state in response to the cost of living crisis.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Sinn Féin TD, Mairéad Farrell, says once off energy credits do not go far enough:

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Plans lodged for new ‘Golf Academy’ at Glenlo Abbey Hotel

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a new ‘Golf Academy’ at the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Bushypark.

The project would involve the demolition of the existing driving range and 22 driving range bays.

In their place would be a new single story Golf Academy, including 30 covered driving range bays and a high performance golf training facility.

There would also be a restaurant, pro golf shop, and changing facilities.

County planners are due to make a decision in October.

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Man arrested after RTC on Salthill Prom yesterday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man in his 40s was arrested after a road traffic collision on the Prom in Salthill yesterday evening.

The incident involved a single car, and Gardaí arrested the driver at the scene.

The man was taken to Garda Western Region Headquarters, and has since been released pending further investigation.

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