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.
294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.
39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.
It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.
While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.
There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.
Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.
The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.
The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.
MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.
It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.
A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.
The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.
1,400 fewer people claiming PUP in Galway this week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,400 fewer people will claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway this week.
13,218 people will receive the payment today – compared to 14,683 this day last week.
It comes as the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment nationwide is at its lowest level since last October.
Just over 244,000 people received the payment today, which is 23,000 fewer than last week.
The payment will close to new applicants at the end of this month.