Date Published: 07-Jun-2012
One-fifth of secondary school students in Galway are missing for more than 20 days during the school year.
That’s according to figures published today by the National Education Welfare Board, who monitor school attendance on behalf of the Department of Education.
The figures published today by the National Education Welfare Board show that almost 21% of Galway second-level students are absent from school for more than 20 days in a school year.
Galway secondary school students are out of school for an average of nine and half days of school per academic year.
Primary school children across Galway are less likely to miss school, with today’s figures showing that the average school absence for younger children is 6 days in the year.
That said, eleven per cent of primary school children are missing more than twenty days schooling per year in the Galway area.
Schools are obliged to report to the National Educational Welfare Board if a student is missing days for 20 days or more.
The NEWB will follow this up, if the absence is unexplained, and may contact parents to encourage improved attendance.
Nationally, today’s figures show that 56 thousand students are absent from school on any given day during the year, which marks a slight improvement.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.