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TUI President calls for funding for institutes of technology including GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of the Teachers Union of Ireland says more funding is needed for institutes such as GMIT to meet the future needs of the Irish economy.

The number of students at GMIT increased by over 17 per cent between 2008 and 2012 despite a reduction in the number of lecturers by around 8 per cent.

The Galway Mayo Insitute of Technology has five campuses at locations including the city, Letterfrack and Mountbellew.

There are 353 whole time equivalent teaching staff at GMIT and over 8 thousand full and part time students.

Nationally, the TUI says funding for the sector has decreased by 22 percent.

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Minister hopeful for update on Oranmore orthodontist by end of week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister Anne Rabbitte is hopeful there will be an update by the end of the week for patients of an Oranmore orthodontist who has ceased services.

The Minister says the Department of Health are actively involved, and trying to engage in finding a “positive solution”.

It’s after patients of Dr. Anne Hahessy were informed that she’s currently not practicising and is in hospital – and will not be in a position to return to return to practice for approximately 9 months.

The Dental Council of Ireland confirmed that in an order of the High Court, Dr. Hahessy undertook not to engage in the practice of dentistry until steps are taken by the Dental Council.

Speaking to Sally-Ann Barrett, Minister Rabbitte said the Dental Council of Ireland need to issue a strong statement.

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Just two fines for dog fouling issued across Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just two fines for dog fouling were issued across Galway City and County last year.

The Irish Times reports both fines came from Galway County Council – which means no fines were issued in the city at all.

According to the paper, there were 11 local authorities nationwide last year who failed to issue any fines.

But Kerry County Council managed to dramatically increased fines from zero in 2020 to 31 last year.

Local Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae, says dog owners in Kerry have also taken responsibility.

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Push for greater supports to enable Ukrainians in Galway to enter workforce

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a call for greater supports to enable Ukrainians who have arrived in Galway to enter the workforce.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Niall McNelis and Minister Anne Rabbitte said there are currently a number of barriers in place.

They praised the work of a support hub set up in the community centre in Westside, acting as a centralised source to support Ukrainian residents.

Minister Rabbitte said one particular issue is difficulties in obtaining a safe pass to allow Ukranian residents to work in the construction sector.

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