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Campaigners welcome report concerning DNA sampling at Tuam mother and baby home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A report which states it would be lawfully possible to collect DNA samples from survivors and relatives of the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam is a positive step forward.

That’s according to Tuam campaigner Catherine Corless who says the report gives hope to survivors and relatives who have long called for action on the issue.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has this afternoon published the 97 page report from Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s investigation.

Dr Shannon considers that it should be possible to develop a voluntary administrative scheme to collect biological samples from relatives before the enactment of legislation.

The administrative scheme would then be subsumed into the legislation once ready.

The Minister commissioned the report last February, shortly after calls for the state to begin collecting DNA samples immediately in light of the age and declining health of many survivors.

It also states that it’s not yet clear whether or not it will be possible to generate DNA profiles from the juvenile human remains that are of sufficient quality to yield familial matches.

More at 4 as Catherine Corless says the report is a positive step forward for survivors and relatives who are waiting for answers….

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Crowds gather at Eyre Square for performance spectacle to mark to beginning of Galway 2020 journey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crowds are gathering in the Autumn sunshine at Eyre Square this evening as Galway prepares to officially mark the beginning of its 2020 journey with a performance arts spectacle.

The city centre will host the launch of the 2020 programme of events for Galway’s year as European Capital of Culture from 6pm.

Organisers will reveal over 1,900 events set to take place throughout next year across the city, county and islands of Galway, with 30 projects celebrating the Irish language.

The Galway 2020 programme will focus on the themes of language, landscape and migration, and is designed to celebrate the diverse cultures around Europe.

As crowds gather, a large crane is visible with an acrobat suspended, while earplugs are being distributed to the crowd.

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Fears mount over plan to make Tuam a sludge hub centre for the Northwest

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A proposal to use Tuam wastewater treatment plant as a potential sludge hub centre for the wider Northwest region will damage the town’s image.

That’s according to local Fianna Fail councillor Donagh Killilea who says the development would be damaging at a time when Tuam is rebuilding its reputation.

He argues the waste water treatment facility is only fit to serve the Tuam area and the future expansion of the town under the Local Area Plan.

It comes as Irish Water has published a site selection methodology report which identifies Tuam and Sligo as potential sludge hub centres for the northwest.

Submissions are being sought as part of the public consultation process which runs from September 24th until 22nd October.

The National Wastewater Sludge Management Plan estimates that by 2040 around 50,000 truck-loads of sludge will be generated each year.

More at 2 as councillor Killilea says he plans to hold a public meeting to gather the concerns of locals….

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Ballinasloe councillors criticise low levels of funding from national local authority support fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ballinasloe area councillors are calling for Galway to get a bigger slice of a national local authority support fund.

Councils nationwide pay 20 per cent of their local property tax into an Equalisation Fund for it to be distributed to authorities struggling with funding.

A meeting of the Ballinasloe Municipal District this week heard that Galway has the second lowest return from the equalisatation fund in the country.

Councillors in the Ballinasloe area are urging Galway TDs to back a call for the county to get a larger allocation of funding due to shortfalls in the local authority budget.

Local councillor Michael Connolly says local roads in the east of the county are in dire need of increased funding for repair works – for more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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