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Walk-in testing to be suspended at Galway test centres due to high demand

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in testing is to be suspended at all Covid-19 test centres in Galway from tomorrow.

The HSE says the move is due to extremely high demand at test sites in the west and north-west regions.

The centres affected are the Galway Airport Testing Centre, Forster Street Testing Centre in the city, MacHale Park Testing Centre in Castlebar, and Castlerea Testing Centre.

All requests for Covid-19 tests at these sites will be by appointment only via the self-referral online portal, GP referrals, and appointments for close contacts.

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Pop up vaccination clinic set to open at NUIG tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop up vaccination clinic will begin operation tomorrow morning at NUI Galway, as thousands of first years begin their college experience.

In conjunction with the HSE, pop-up vaccination clinics are being opened at campuses across the country to ensure maximum take up among the student population.

Clinics are being delivered at over 15 college campuses.

The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff on a walk-in basis.

The NUIG pop-up will operate from the main concourse Arts & Science building from tomorrow (September 28th) until Thursday from 9am to 5pm.

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HEA study finds NUIG has higher proportion of graduates who attended DEIS school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Higher Education Authority study has found NUI Galway is one of the campus sites which has higher proportions of graduates who attended a DEIS school compared to a fee-paying school.

The type of second-level school that graduates previously attended is used as a proxy measurement of socio-economic background in the analysis.

TCD and UCD have the highest proportion of graduates who attend a fee-paying school at 26 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

NUI Maynooth, DCU, NUI Galway and UL have higher proportions of graduates who attended a DEIS school compared to a fee-paying school.

In the raw prediction, university undergraduates generally earn the most, four years after graduating.

Amongst universities, TCD undergraduates have the highest average predicted earnings of €687 per week.

This is followed by UL at €684 and UCD at €682.

Amongst institutes of technology, DIT undergraduates have the highest average predicted earnings of €672 per week.

NUIG had a predicted earnings rate of €656, while GMIT had a rate of €625

In general, there are proportionally more males graduating from institutes of technology compared to the overall gender graduate distribution.

Males comprise over half of graduates from Carlow IT, DIT, GMIT, IT Blanchardstown and Letterkenny IT.

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Efforts intensify to restore bus services for Loughrea and Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are intensifying to secure the support of the National Transport Authority to restore bus services for Loughrea and Ballinasloe.

Bus Eireann has confirmed that there are no plans currently to review the Galway to Dublin Expressway service which was withdrawn in July as it was deemed not commercially viable.

This led to numerous calls from public representatives and community groups to have it reinstated for commuters.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Bus Eireann says there is no active review currently but if commercial opportunities arise in the future, they would be assessed and evaluated.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says he is aware that the National Transport Authority has intensified efforts to provide an alternative service for Ballinasloe, Loughrea and the surrounding villages.

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