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Trial of Craughwell man over health and safety begins

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The director of a steel company has gone on trial charged with breaches of Health and Safety legislation in the city.

It followed the death of one of his employees while adjusting a steel structure at the Connacht Rugby Sportsground on College Road five years ago.

40 year old Colin Murphy of Hazel Lodge, Killeeneen, Craughwell, who is a director of CDM Steel Ltd., which has offices at Deerpark Industrial Estate, Oranmore, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

He pleaded not guilty to five breaches of the legislation, in that as director/manager of the company he failed or neglected to implement safety measures to ensure the health and safety of his employee, foreman, Declan Byrne, at his place of work at Connacht Rugby Sportsgrounds, College Road, Galway, on April 30, 2008 and as a result of which, Mr Byrne sustained fatal injuries and died.

A jury of seven men and five women has been empanelled to hear evidence in the trial which is expected to last three days.

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New institute for teacher education to be established in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new institute for teacher education is to be established in the West.

NUI Galway, GMIT and St Angela’s College Sligo have announced the foundation of the Western Institute for Studies in Education.

The WISE institute will support collaboration among the three institutions to enhance and promote teacher education in the region.

It’s in a bid to develop courses, research and public engagement in the sector.

The collaboration comes following a major review of the structure of teacher education in Ireland from 2018.

Head of the School of Education at NUIG Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc says the new institute will also focus on improving access to education for marginalised groups….

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TII urged to carry-out safety audit on stretch of N84

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam area councillors are calling on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to carry-out a safety audit on a key section of the N84 Headford Road.

Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade put forward a motion at this week’s district meeting for the transport body to carry-out the safety assessment on the route from Ballindooley to Cloughanover.

The motion, which also called for verges to be cut back at the Balroebuck junction, was carried unanimously.

It comes as there have been several road traffic incidents along the busy routes recently, including two at the Grange junction in the past week.

Councillor Hoade argues the Grange junction is an area of particular concern to road users and local residents.

Director of Services for the Tuam MD Derek Pender told members he will have an answer from TII for the next district meeting, adding that the roads body has always been very generous in supplying funding.

Councillor Hoade argues that stacking lanes and turning lanes are needed at junctions exiting onto the N84.

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City Council approves €930,000 loan for housing charities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has approved a €930,000 loan to supply local housing charities with four properties.

The proposal was brought before Councillors at this week’s Local Authority meeting and was carried unanimously.

The largest loan of almost €300,000 will go to the Peter McVerry Trust to secure a four-bed property at Túr Uisce in Doughiska. The allocation includes €33,000 for essential upgrade works.

Peter McVerry Trust will also provide a second two-bed property at Boireann Bheag in Doughiska at a cost of just under €250,000.

Galway Simon Community has secured €200,000 for a two-bed unit at Lui Na Greine on the Western Distributor Road.

Meanwhile, COPE Galway has been allocated €190,000 to purchase a one-bed apartment at Dominick Street.

The loans have been secured under the Capital Assistance Scheme.

Director of Services for Housing Dermot Mahon told this week’s City Council meeting that properties provided through the scheme are given to families who have accessed homeless services and who are on the housing waiting list.

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