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Taoiseach to open new Clifden school

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The new €8 million secondary school that has been provided in Clifden, following many years of campaigning, will be officially opened by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar next week.

The state-of-the-art Clifden Community School was completed last year and the students and staff moved in to their new building last October. The old school to the rear was then demolished.

“The official opening of the new school by the Taoiseach is the culmination of years of campaigning and hard work and it will be a day of celebration for the whole community,” according to local councillor and former Cathaoirleach Eileen Mannion.

Cllr Mannion paid tribute to all the staff at Clifden Community School for their patience over the past two years while the new school was being built in front of the existing school and for their hard work and dedication in ensuring a smooth transition to the new building.

Planning permission for the new €8 million school was originally granted back in 2011 and this was after a 10-year campaign at the time – but works did not commence as there was no funding made available at the time. Then there was an extension of planning permission granted in 2016 at which point the necessary funds were provided and works commenced much to the delight of parents and the local community in general.

The new school building, part two-storey and part three-storey, has been fitted out to a very high standard and with the latest technology. It also has a new school entrance and landscaping.

The old school building that was demolished has made way for play areas and parking. JJ Rhatigan and Co were awarded the contract and work began in June 2016.

The Parents Association are currently fundraising for a new astroturf pitch to complement the new school complex.

The school serves students from West Connemara stretching from Cashel and Maam to Ballyconneely, Renvyle and Inishbofin. The previous school was constructed in May 1979.

But it was back in 1972 when a decision was taken to amalgamate schools run by the Sisters of Mercy and the Franciscan Brothers – one was a boys’ school and the other a girls’.

The following year the first meeting of the board of management took place in the Convent of Mercy and a foundation stone of the previous school building was laid on February 1974.

The new school will be officially opened by Taoiseach Varadkar on Wednesday next.

Mr Varadkar will also visit Coláiste Naomh on Inis Meáin on Wednesday to mark the fact it has recently been recognised by the Dept of Education as an independent school, having previously been under the patronage of Coláiste Cholmcille, Indreabhán.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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