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President Higgins gives leading academic address at NUIG

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A group of elite university leaders from across the world gathered at NUIG today for the 2013 Coimbra Annual conference.

It’s 25 years since the college last hosted the event.

President Michael D. Higgins, who was both a student and a lecturer at NUIG, gave a keynote address to the group of academia earlier.

He told the the crowd that a European Union confident of its intellectual tradition has a real contribution to make global challenges.

He added that now, more than ever, universities have a central role to play given the loss of trust in so many institutions and decision-makers.

The Coimbra group is an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard.

It’s aim is to promote academic and cultural ties to benefit its members.

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Shared e-scooter firm says Galway city rollout would involve fleet of up to 400

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A shared e-scooter firm says a city the size of Galway could be catered for with a fleet of up to 400.

Superpedestrian, which specialises in transportation robotics and human-scale mobility, will hold a demonstration in the city next week to discuss the safe integration of shared e-scooters in Galway city and across Ireland.

It’s the third third in a series of e-scooter demonstration events across the country.

The event takes place at Galway United Football Club, Eamonn Deacy Park next Wednesday.

It comes as the government yesterday approved a bill that will allow them to be used on public roads.

They’re not legal at the moment under road traffic laws – but when they are, tax, insurance and driving licences won’t be needed.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Jean Andrews of Superpedestrian says it would operate similar to the concept of the shared bike scheme…

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UHG most overcrowded hospital nationwide today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG is the most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

54 patients are waiting at the city acute hospital, with 48 at the emergency department and six on wards elsewhere.

Letterkenny University Hospital, also in the Saolta Group, is the next most overcrowded with 48 waiting.

According to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there are 373 patients waiting in emergency departments nationwide, while 76 are in wards elsewhere.

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Galway records 4% drop in PUP claims over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a continued fall in the number of pandemic unemployment payments being issued, with Galway recording an almost 4% drop in the last week.

Just over 4,700 people in Galway city and county will receive the State support this week.

Nationally, over 93 thousand people will receive the PUP this week, a fall of over 3,700 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector, as it has been for the past 19 weeks.

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