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Brothers of Charity Galway face funding shortfall for 13 school leavers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Brothers of Charity is now meeting with the families of intellectually disabled school-leavers to discuss their future training opportunities.

The service provider is struggling to find resources for 13 school-leavers, four of whom have very significant needs.

It’s due to a shortfall in funding of over 300 thousand euro.

The Brothers of Charity estimates that a budget of 419 thousand euro would be required to provide the adequate five-day service for the 13 school-leavers concerned.

However, it’s working with funding of 109 thousand euro, leaving a 310 thousand euro shortfall with particular impact on the four school leavers with the most significant needs.

The Department of Health sanctioned four million euro nationally earlier this year which has been divided over four regions of the HSE.

This was unavailable last year, however some funding was provided from the HSE West to support the Galway-based charity.

Galway Brothers of Charity is also in a deficit situation with some nine million euro taken from its budget over the past five years.

A spokesperson says the charity is now meeting with all the families concerned and adds that there is inadequate resources to provide the required five-day service.

Local campaign group Hope for Disability says the situation is unthinkable for families.

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LISTEN: Gaillimh le Gaeilge On The Move

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Gearóidín Hynes who works with Gaillimh le Gaeilge in Galway City joined Barbara in studio and told our On The Move listeners about their latest online campaign and competition in association with GoBus.ie Take photos around the city of Irish language signage etc & use #NollaigShonaGaillimh

Also, they are compiling a list of businesses in Galway that can provide customers with service through Irish: https://gleg.ie/gaelphobal-chathair-na-gaillimhe-bearla/?lang=en

If you’d like to listen to Gearóidín on the show through Irish, you can listen back here: Cad ‘Déarfá le Gaillimh

If you have or know of anywhere with Irish language products, get in contact. We will cover this soon on the show.

On The Move weekdays 3pm-7pm with Barbara Nic Dhonnacha.

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New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.

The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.

The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.

Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.

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The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.

The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.

He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:

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