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Tuam Educate Together school secures permission to increase enrolment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Educate Together National School in Tuam has secured permission to increase enrolment to normal size.
The school at Parkmore is one of five nationwide that was originally told by the Department of Education they could only enrol on a ‘half stream’ basis.
The move sparked local campaigns in Tuam, Tramore, Trim, New Ross and Castlebar – as parents felt the Government was not living up to it’s pledges on denominational education.
Fianna Fail’s education spokesperson has welcomed news that the five Educate Together schools have now been given the green light to expand to normal size.
Deputy Thomas Byrne says it’s good to hear agreement has been reached but he remains concerned that site restrictions are still in place at some of the schools.
Deputy Byrne says the Government talks about increasing multi denominational education, but the reality of the situation seems completely different.

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Uber taxi service launches in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin. 

The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.

The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year. 

Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.

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Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.

The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.

A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.

While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.

While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.

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Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.

The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.

A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.

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