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Gardaí are urging motorists and road users to be extra cautious this bank holiday weekend.

Five people lost their lives on roads in the city and county up to the end of April, compared to 8 in the first four months of last year.

Gardaí are issuing advice to motorists this bank holiday weekend to slow down and be mindful of other road users.

They’re also advising pedestrians to take precautions and wear high visibility vests.

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Irish Water safety is issuing an appeal for people to take extra care near Galway coasts or waterways this May bank holiday.

There are almost 140 drownings in Ireland every year, and because of the time of year and warmer temperatures, there is always extra activity near our shores.

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Almost 1,000 women in Galway reported domestic abuse over last four years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 1,000 women in Galway reported domestic abuse between 2016 and November 2020.

That’s according to figures released to Dublin Sinn Féin TD Mark Ward in repsonse to palimentary question.

The figures detail the number of unique persons per year that were recorded as the ‘injured party’ of a domestic abuse incident.

In Galway 282 men reported domestic abuse over the four year period as well as 971 women.

Close to 7,500 individuals nationally contacted Gardaí about suffering domestic abuse last year – that’s up from 4,755 in 2016.

The graph indicates that the figures for females rose steadily each year.

Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says victims of gender-based violence must be supported.

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Department officials to meet Galway Oireachtas members over plan for new building for Scoil Chaitríona in Renmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials from the Department of Education will meet Galway West Oireachtas members next week to discuss the long running call for a new school building for Scoil Chaitríona in Renmore.

The city school’s campaign was brought before the Seanad this week where Galway Senator Seán Kyne said the 50 year old building is no longer fit for purpose.

The co-educational school is divided into a junior primary and senior primary catering for almost 800 students and 70 staff.

It was built in the 1970s with the single storey structure now experiencing heat retention issues as well as capacity issues.

Senator Kyne told the Seanad progress on a new build has been ‘stubbornly slow’ with concerns around the site possibly being too small.

The Fine Gael Senator said Galway City Council is open to discussing the use of available green space adjacent to the school which could provide a solution.

Education Minister Norma Foley said all options are being explored with the size of the school site creating a concern.

She said the project is a priority and a meeting has been scheduled with department officials and Galway Oireachtas members next week in a bid to progress the issue.

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NUIG secures international funding to explore how young people experience the climate crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has secured €1.4 million in funding to explore how young people experience the current climate crisis.

A research team from the school of Geography is part of a consortium that have won a competitive international research funding award under the JPI Climate SOLSTICE initiative.

Starting this month the project will involve research teams from the UK, Ireland, Finland and Italy.

The researchers will work with young people, teachers, educational institutions and youth groups to understand how youth experience and make sense of climate complexity.

The study aims to create a framework that enables young people to express how their background and life experiences have played a role in shaping their worldview.

Co-lead researcher from NUIG Dr Gary Goggins says it’s vital that the voices of young people are heard as part of ongoing efforts to tackle climate change.

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