Parents in two county Galway towns have signalled a significant demand for change in the patronage of their primary schools while in one county town, it is not yet clear that there is a viable demand for change in the area.
The school patronage survey was carried out by the Department of Education in 38 towns nationwide including Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Tuam.
In Ballinasloe, 189 valid responses were received, with 102 in support of a wider choice of patronage in the area.
The study concludes that given the number of respondents who have stated they would avail of a further choice of patron, it is not clear that there is a viable demand for change in the area.
In Loughrea, 213 valid survey responses are recorded, with 138 in support of a wider choice of patronage in the area.
The highest number of preferences for change was expressed for Educate Together at 93 total preferences of which 49 are school going and 44 are pre-school children.
In Tuam, there were 185 valid responses, with 152 in support of a wider choice of patronage in the area.
The highest number of preferences for change was expressed for Educate Together at 105 total preferences of which 64 are school going and 41 are pre-school children.
In the case of Loughrea and Tuam, it finds that the main patron (Catholic Archbishop) should now be asked to consider re-configuration options that would provide accommodation for an Educate Together.
Inspection at Kiltormer nursing home finds non-compliance in nine areas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An inspection at Kiltormer nursing home in Ballinasloe found nine areas of non-compliance with HIQA regulations.
The unannounced inspection took place in July when there were 23 residents at the care facility.
Inspectors spoke with seven residents who said they liked living at the centre as it had a good atmosphere and staff were friendly and helpful.
However, the inspectors found non-compliance in several areas that included health and social care, staffing, premises, fire safety and governance and management.
On the day of inspection there were 23 residents accommodated in the centre with 14 assessed as having maximum and high dependency care needs.
The inspectors saw that the staffing levels allocated did not ensure that care was provided in a person centred way that reflected evidenced based practice and did not ensure that in the midst of the pandemic that infection control standards to mitigate the spread of infection were observed at all times.
An urgent compliance plan was issued the day following the inspection to request prompt action in relation to a number of regulations.
The centre was found to be compliant in the area of food and nutrition, visits, and information for residents.
The report concluded that the systems and processes in place to underpin the safe delivery of care, ensure oversight of the service and ensure the premises and services associated with it are inadequate.
At the feedback meeting, the provider representative and person in charge accepted the findings and the inspectors found there was a willingness to ensure that issues would be addressed to bring the centre into full compliance with the regulations.
Connemara seaweed company announces significant capital investment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara seaweed company Arramara Teo has announced plans to significantly upgrade its processing facility.
The investment will allow the Cill Chiaráin company to expand the range of species it currently harvests.
Until now Arramara has concentrated on processing seaweed specifically used in animal feed and soil enhancement products.
The planned upgrade will make Arramara a food-grade facility and secure jobs for its current 24 employees, while also providing more opportunities for local harvesters.
That’s according to the company’s Director Jim Keogh who’s confirmed that works are expected to commence in February.
He says it’s a major boost for the firm…
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
Gardai investigating vandalism to road signs in Claran and Headford
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai are investigating significant damage caused to road signs in the Claran and Headford areas over the weekend.
That’s according to Councillor Andrew Reddington, who says the damage was clearly caused by the front loader of a tractor.
He claims road signs in a number of locations have been damaged, buckled and even completely uprooted in some cases.
Fine Gael Councillor Reddington has an appeal to the parents of young people who are driving around late at night with tractors..
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….