Galway residents feel strongly about protecting their environment

Date released: May 10 2005

Transition year students from four Galway city schools participated in the 2004/2005 EPA School’s Environmental Research Project, which is now in its tenth year.  They presented the findings from their research into local environmental issues at the Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill on Thursday 5th May.

  • 32% of those interviewed by students from Coláiste na Coiribe were “not satisfied at all” with the quality of domestic tap water.  The strong taste of fluoride and colour were the main reasons for their dissatisfaction.
  • Students from the Presentation Secondary school found it alarming that 66% of males surveyed and 63% of females threw exhausted batteries in their bins, while only a small group of 9% (males and females) used the option of recharging.
  • 52% of city dwellers and 35% of county dwellers, interviewed by students from Mean Scoil Mhuire, were “very satisfied and satisfied” with public transport.  Respondents were asked what they considered would be the most significant impact of the proposed Galway City Outer Bypass.  Surprisingly 35% felt it was too costly with only 1% saying it would improve traffic flow.
  • Students from Coláiste Éinde found that a high percentage of respondents would be influenced by a blue flag and therefore more likely to use the beach.  They suggest that this means the Blue Flag Award is beneficial in terms of peace of mind for the individual and important in encouraging people to use the beaches.

Further results from each of the projects are available here.

Transition year students from four schools in Galway city have uncovered strong views on issues of local interest in surveys carried out as part of the EPA Schools’ Environmental Research Project.  The schools involved in the 2004/2005 project were Coláiste na Coiribe, Presentation Secondary School, Mean Scoil Mhuire and Coláiste Éinde.  The projects investigated knowledge of and attitudes towards the quality of drinking in Galway city and county; recycling habits, particularly recycling batteries; traffic congestion and the use of public transport facilities in and around Galway city and awareness of the Blue Flag Award.

The students presented their findings on Thursday 5th May before a large audience in The Galway Bay Hotel, Salthill, including Cllr. Catherine Connolly, Mayor of the City of Galway and other public representatives.  The evening was chaired by Laura Burke, Director of the EPA, who said “A lot of time and hard work has been put into these projects and the presentation of the findings here tonight.  These findings are of great interest.  It is very important that this information is not lost, but is passed on to Galway City and County Councils for future action.” 

Laura Burke also paid tribute to the teachers from the four schools for their commitment and effort throughout the project.  The night concluded with the presentation of certificates to the students.

The EPA Schools’ Environmental Research Project is an environmental awareness project involving transition year students from participating secondary schools. By encouraging the students to choose an issue of environmental importance in their locality the project enhances awareness of the environment amongst students, teachers, parents and the public.

The EPA undertakes this project as part of its public awareness programme, with particular emphasis on educating young people in environmental matters.  It also provides the students with formal training in research skills and presentation techniques.