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Second oral hearing to begin on Connemara road upgrade

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The second oral hearing into the planned realignment of the N59, Maam Cross to Oughterard road begins in the city this morning.

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While locals are welcoming an upgrade of the road, they have concerns about some aspects of the project including land acquisition

An Bord Pleanála is hosting today’s public hearing which gets underway at the Westwood Hotel in Dangan at 10 o’ clock this morning.

The first oral hearing took place in February and lasted three days.

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Dáil to debate motion by Galway TDs for tougher penalties on theft of pets

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil will this week debate a motion on tougher penalties for those who steal pets.

The motion calls for an amendment to current laws, that would recognise pets are more than just property and should not be treated the same as theft of objects.

It’s been prepared by a group of regional TD’s which includes Galway West TD Noel Grealish, Galway East TD Sean Canney and Roscommon-Galway Deputy Denis Naughten.

Deputy Canney says the Government has indicated it’s in favour of the changes, but concerns remain that the issue will be put on the “long finger”.

He says the issue of pets being stolen was been amplified by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with Gardai receiving over a dozen reports of stolen or lost pets per day last year.

Deputy Canney argues at present, the theft of a beloved pet is treated the same as the theft of something like a mobile phone.

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals down almost a quarter

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals are down by almost a quarter week-on-week.

There are 106 COVID-19 patients being treated in the city and county today – with 98 at UHG and 8 at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

That’s compared to 136 this day last week.

Of the 106 Coronavirus patients in Galway’s hospitals today, 21 are being treated in ICU – with 17 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital.

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NUIG defends its repeat exam fee policy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has defended its repeat exam fee policy.

The university has released a statement following calls from Students’ Union leaders to remove such repeat fees and also to give students the option to repeat exams if they feel they could have achieved better grades in normal circumstances.

In a statement released by the University, it says students who are in the most need of financial support can apply for a fee waiver for repeat exam fees, and access to this fund has been widened in the past year to reflect the financial strains under the current pandemic.

In the past year, the University states it has expanded supports for emotional and financial wellbeing to address the Covid-19 crisis.

It says there is no fee for deferring exams, and the repeat exam fee, which is unchanged for the last two years, supports all costs associated with repeats, from the setting and correcting of assignments in a more challenging context this year, to the hosting of exams online and the awarding of results.

NUI Galway has said it “charges a flat repeat fee and other universities charge a repeat fee per module,” – adding that “more than 99% of students subject to the fee will pay less than in any of the other universities charging this fee.”

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