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Project Manager sought for Athenry food innovation hub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A project management contractor is being sought for the new food innovation hub in Athenry.
Bia Innovator Campus CLG is proposing to develop a multi-food sector centre of excellence at Teagasc Mellows Campus in Athenry.

It will have 4 co-working kitchens, 9 individual starter food production units and 3 large scale individual food production units at the centre of excellence.
The development of the project will also include access roads and parking bays.
Bia Innovator Campus is now hoping to engage with a Lead Consultant and Integrated Design Team in respect of the design and delivery of the campus.
The project is supported by Teagasc, Galway County Council and GRETB, part-funded by Enterprise Ireland.
The deadline for tenders is noon on October 8th.

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Mixed reaction to NUIG using a reflective essay as a sanction for breaking COVID rules

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway says a controversial ‘reflective essay’ for students who breach Covid-19 rules is just one of a range of sanctions in place at the university.

In a statement, it says the sanctions which can be imposed include fines, letters of apology to impacted staff, reflective essays, formal cautions, suspensions or expulsions.

There’s been a mixed reaction to the 2 thousand word ‘reflective essay’ measure, which some students are required to write after viewing a documentary on Covid-19.

Some believe it is childish and akin to writing lines, while others argue it is a valuable lesson that will press home the reality of the virus to students.

NUI Galway says it has a student community of almost 19 thousand, and the vast majority have adhered to public health guidelines during the pandemic.

Green Party Councillor Martina O’ O Connor believes while the ‘reflective essay’ might seem a childish punishment at first, it is a worthwhile exercise.

She argues it will help to ensure that students understand the full reality of Covid-19 – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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Report finds traffic in Galway city increased by 10% on first day of school reopening

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A report has found that traffic in Galway city increased by 10% on the first morning of the gradual reopening of schools this week.

The TII traffic counter on the N6 Bóthar na dTreabh recorded 3,162 car journeys between 7 am and 10 am on Monday March 1st.

According to the report, car journeys along Bóthar na dTreabh increased from 2,897 to 3,162 when compared to Monday of last week.

The data also reveals a 13% drop when compared to levels pre Level 3 restrictions last October however.

Countrywide, Level 5 restrictions were in place from 22nd October to 1st December and were reintroduced on 31st December 2020.

Nationally, there is a substantial week on week increase in traffic volumes as compared with Monday 22th February.

The study finds there remains a significant reduction in traffic volumes compared with volumes before the October Level 3 restrictions were put in place.

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Concerns over number of ‘interim’ senior roles at Galway County Council

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the number of ‘acting’ or ‘interim’ positions in Galway County Council.

Tuam area councillor Pete Roche raised the issue at a recent municipal district meeting where he called for action to retain key staff.

It comes as Acting CEO of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly is due to be confirmed as the new CEO of Mayo County Council next week when the appointment will be ratified by councillors.

Councillor Roche argues acting staff at all levels are moving onto other roles and he described Galway County Council as a ‘drama society’ – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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