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Union says secondary teachers won’t accept redundancies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland says its members in Galway and across the country won’t accept compulsory redundancies.

Teachers in 4 Galway schools could lose their jobs if they are not signed up to the Haddington Road pay deal.

Under the agreement the government says teachers will be protected from losing their jobs if schools are found to be above the 1 to 28 pupil-teacher ratio – promising to relocate staff from schools who are over quotas.

Members of the ASTI are currently not protected by the provisions of the deal.

Coláiste Chroí Mhuire in Spiddal and St. Jarlath’s College Tuam, could lose one teacher each, Mercy College Woodford could lose up to two teachers, while Dunmore Community School could lose 3 teachers.

The 17-thousand ASTI members will be balloted again on the agreement today and tomorrow with results expected in the next fortnight.

Pat King of the ASTI has warned his members won’t accept compulsory redundancies.

Junior Minister at the Department of Education, Ciaran Cannon, says ASTI members may lose their posts because they’re not signed up to the Haddington Road deal.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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