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Top marks for Galway schools in league tables

Dara Bradley

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All students in the Leaving Certificate class of 2015 at seven Galway secondary schools graduated to third level education this autumn, according to the latest ‘transfer league tables’.

The top feeder schools in Galway for third level institutions in 2015 were Presentation College, Athenry; Salerno in Salthill; Garbally College, Ballinasloe; St Brigid’s College Loughrea; Coláiste na Coiribe, Tuam Road Galway; Coláiste Chroi Mhuire Gan Smal, An Spidéal; and Coláiste Mhuire, Ballygar.

All seven of these schools had a 100% transfer of students to third level colleges in 2015.

The data, which is not endorsed by the Department of Education, is based on information provided by third level colleges and universities on enrolment. The statistics were published in national newspapers this week.

Coláiste Iognáid (Jes) on Sea Road in the city had 99% transfer rates while other local schools with high percentages of students graduating to third level include Calasanctius College Oranmore (95%); Gort Community School (94%) Coláiste Éinde, Salthill (93%); St Joseph’s (The Bish), Nuns’ Island (92%); St Raphael’s College Loughrea (90%); Portumna Community School (89%); Scoil Phobail Clifden (86%); Ardscoil Mhuire Ballinasloe (86%); Dominican College Taylors Hill (85%); St Paul’s Oughterard (84%); St Jarlath’s Tuam (84%); St Mary’s College Galway (83%); Holy Rosary College Mountbellew (82%); Presentation College Headford (82%); Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin, An Cheathrú Rua (81%); Coláiste An Eachréidh, An Coiléar Bán, Athenry (81%); Dunmore Community School (80%); and Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara, Carna (80%).

The feeder-school list in the Irish Independent confirms that National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) takes the greatest number of Galway’s secondary school leavers, followed by Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). But third level institutes in neighbour counties also perform well in attracting Galway’s school leavers including University of Limerick (UL) and Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT).

For example, the figures show that more students from Glenamaddy Community School went to UL than to GMIT or NUIG in September.

Portumna Community School sent almost twice as many students to UL as it did to NUIG.

Conversely, the likes of the Bish in the city, which neighbours NUIG, sent 65% of its college-going school leavers to NUIG in autumn.

GMIT’s largest enrolments came from Presentation  College Headford, Calasanctius College Oranmore, and Presentation College Athenry.

The figures, which cause controversy every year, are blunt and provide a breakdown by school of where each Leaving Cert class of 2015 began college this year. They do not include school-leavers, who went on to do Post Leaving Cert courses (PLCs) or those who took up apprenticeships.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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