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Significant rise in enrollment numbers in city multi-denominational schools

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There’s been a significant rise in the number of children enrolling at multi-denominational schools in the city.

A multidenominational school is a type of school which moves away from traditional religion-based models, such as the Catholic ethos.

Preliminary enrollment numbers from the Department of Education show a sharp increase in pupils attending multi-denominational schools.

Between September 2017 and September of last year, enrolments in multi-denominational primary schools in the city increased by over 11 percent.

That compares to an increase of less than one percent in Catholic schools during the same period.

Meanwhile, figures for enrollment in multi-denominational post-primary schools show an increase of almost 7 percent during that time.

That figure compares to just over half a percent in Catholic schools.

Overall, enrollments in primary and post-primary schools in the city have risen by 1.9 percent in the 12 months from September 2017.

Meanwhile, the research found that the city is the only region in the country to have no primary schools with 60 or fewer pupils.

It also shows that the average primary school size in the city is 305 pupils, above the national average of 180 pupils.

While the average post-primary school size stands at 574 – that’s 71 over the national average.

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Key points regarding the lifting of restrictions from 6 tomorrow morning, as confirmed by the Taoiseach in the live address to the nation brought to you here on Galway Bay fm

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From 6am tomorrow

  • closing time for hospitality and events will return to where it was before the pandemic.
  • Covid passes will no longer be needed for hospitality and indoor activities.
  • there will be no restrictions on capacity for indoor and outdoor events.
  • guidance in relation to household visits will no longer apply.

Also, The Taoiseach says a phased return to the physical workplace for all staff can now commence.

There are no changes to international travel rules – with Covid passes still required.

Face-masks will still be needed where they are currently required. The current protective measures for schools will also continue.

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Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley granted half the legal costs in failed challenge against restrictions on attending mass

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- The High Court has ruled that Galway businessman Declan Ganley is entitled to half of the legal costs he incurred for his challenge against the ban on attending religious services which operated at stages during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan made the ruling today after holding that the Abbeyknockmoy businessman had raised points of general, public importance in his action.

These included the balance between the right to public worship and public health.

The Judge added that Mr Ganley is entitled to have half his legal costs, estimated to be a six-figure sum, paid by the Minister for Health.

The Minister’s lawyers had argued that the court should make no orders as to costs, meaning that each side would pay their own legal bills.

In December, the judge dismissed Mr Ganley’s action, where the Minister was the respondent and where Ireland and the Attorney General were notice parties, after holding that it had become moot or pointless.

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Bus Éireann 409 Parkmore route carried almost 1m passengers in 2021

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Bus Éireann’s 409 Parkmore route was by far the most popular bus service in the city last year, carrying over 900 thousand passengers.

Route 409 connects Eyre Square with the Parkmore Industrial Estate through the city centre, travelling along College Road, Dublin Road, and Doughiska Road.

Overall, Bus Éireann’s city fleet carried 3.2m passengers throughout 2021, with a recent KPMG report calculating the value to Galway City at €17m.

Galway became the first city in Ireland last year to introduce a fully hybrid electric-diesel bus service.

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