Gaelscoil de hÍde in Oranmore is awaiting a response from Education Minister Ruairí Quinn about the transfer of land to progress work on a new school building.
Galway Bay fm news reports the Minister met with the school’s principal, Mait Ó Bradaigh, the Chairman of the Board of Management, representatives from the Scoil Nua Action Group and parents and children in Oranmore yesterday.
Gaelscoil de hÍde is on the Department of Education’s Building Programme for 2015 -2016, but it’s hoped that this can be fast-tracked.
Galway West Labour T.D Derek Nolan also accompanied Minister Quinn on his visit to the school yesterday. (wed)
Deputy Nolan says Minister Quinn has committed to checking that all legal requirements regarding the transfer of land for the school have been met.
If everything is in order, the Minister will order that the school go on to the Planning and Design stage.
Minister Quinn will give a response to the school next week.
Cabinet to sign-off on new surgical hub for Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet Ministers are this morning expected to sign off on the creation of five new surgical hubs across the country, to deal with the backlog of planned operations.
The hubs will be located in Galway Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Dublin at a cost of up to 100 million euro.
The surgical hubs will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.
A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures over the past year and a half.
Ministers will also be asked this morning to progress the development of a new elective hospital in Galway, which would be based at Merlin Park.
They’ll also be looking at new elective hospitals for Cork and Dublin.
Local TD critical of ongoing delays to Additional Needs Payment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD is expressing frustration over ongoing delays in processing Additional Needs Payments.
The payment is a single payment to help those who cannot meet essential expenses with their income.
Those who receive the payment do not have be in receipt of any other social welfare payment to qualify.
Sinn Fein Deputy Clare Kerrane says it’s unacceptable that some payments are still taking up to 12 weeks to process.
Plans lodged for windfarm in Cloonascragh Tuam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a windfarm at Cloonascragh, near Tuam.
The project is led by Cloonascragh Locally Owned Turbine Limited and would consist of a single wind turbine with a blade tip height of 168 metres.
The application is seeking a ten year permission and a 35 year operational life from the date of commission.
County planners are due to make a decision in January.