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Child safeguarding body publishes report on Galway diocese

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A report on the diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora has now been published.

The 28 page document issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church examines seven standards.

It’s based on case material made available by Bishop Martin Drennan along with interviews with key personnel who contribute to safeguarding within the diocese.

Galway Bay fm news notes the report references practice under the leadership of Bishop Drennan, Bishop McLoughlin and Bishop Casey.

For standard one which handles policy on keeping children safe, eight out of nine criteria are fully met and the report finds that the church organisation has a child protection policy that is written in a clear and easily understandable way.

For standard two on the management of allegations, five out of seven criterial are fully met and the group says there are clear child protection procedures.

It notes that three priests against whom an allegation has been made are still in ministry.

It also records that one priest has been convicted of having committed an offence against a child or young person in the period since January 1975.

Examining church inquiries and processes, it notes that in all cases prompt action was taken to remove men from ministry where credible allegations were made.

However, the exception to this appears in two cases – one of which was brought to the attention of Bishop Casey, which the report finds does not appear to have been afforded the attention it required during the early 1980s.

Bishop McLoughlin was informed of the concerns against this now deceased priest and removed him from ministry in 1995.

There was one other case which was brought to the attention of Bishop McLoughlin where it appears from the records that the complainant did not receive an appropriape response.

For standard three which deals with preventing harm to children, nine out of 12 criteria items are fully met.

For standard four handling training and education, all four categories are fully met and for standard five involving communicatin the safeguarding message, the report finds communication is well established in the diocese.

For standard six which deals with access to advice and support, four out of all five categories were fully met and it was clear reference complainants and their families were offered counselling.

The final standard on implementing and monitoring standards finds that three out of five criteria are fully met.

The report is one of six nationwide to be issued by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church.

It examines files from 1975 to 2010 and has been three months in the making with the main field work completed in January.

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Water outage and road closure in Headford area due to burst water main

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Residents and businesses in surrounding areas of Headford will be without a supply of water from now until 5 tomorrow evening (sat)

This is due to a burst watermain between Carheens and Caltra Cross.

The areas affected include Kilconly GWS, Ratesh, Shrule, Liss, Logawannia, Rockwood, Shrule Road Headford, Bally Fruit GWS, Cloghanower GWS and Keekill GWS.

Headford Town will continue to have water.

Also, the road between Carheens and Caltra Cross will have to be closed for a period of time between 8 tomorrow morning and 5 tomorrow evening to allow for the repairs.

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15 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 265 nationally, and 6 further deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 2,086 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 3rd December, the HPSC has been notified of 265* confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 73,491** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 133 are men / 131 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 84 in Dublin, 28 in Louth, 27 in Limerick, 19 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Galway and the remaining 77 cases are spread across 18 other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 232 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We are now entering an important phase in our collective efforts to suppress spread of the virus. We have made significant progress and reduced transmission in our homes and communities, but it will take a consistent individual effort from everyone to keep up that momentum in coming weeks.

“The recent stabilisation in cases that we have experienced is fragile, but it is within our grasp to maximise our protection against the spread of COVID-19. I urge you to use the public health advice on regular handwashing, social distancing and wearing of face coverings to safeguard you and your family from the devastating impact this virus can have, especially on our most vulnerable people.”

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “If you are heading out this weekend, please make every effort to keep safe. Plan ahead, meet outside where possible and keep your contacts to a minimum. Avoid crowded or poorly ventilated spaces and leave if your environment doesn’t feel safe.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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* A technical issue that delayed uploading of laboratory results to the HPSC has been resolved. It led to a reduced number of cases reported in recent days. The reporting will be reflected in a higher number of cases tomorrow. There has been no impact on the management of cases or the timeliness of contact tracing.  Day on day variations such as these are taken into account in all epidemiological analyses.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,491 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 03 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 03Dec2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 populationNew Cases during last 14 days
Ireland26578.33727
Donegal19211.1336
Louth28162.9210
Kilkenny5148.1147
Limerick27141.1275
Monaghan1011470
Wicklow15106151
Carlow<593.153
Longford<590.537
Dublin8489.41205
Mayo<582.8108
Tipperary1082.7132
Waterford<568.980
Cavan652.540
Roscommon051.133
Laois<549.642
Cork1249.4268
Galway1549.2127
Meath049.296
Kildare848.5108
Sligo<542.728
Clare<538.746
Offaly<537.229
Kerry<535.252
Westmeath<525.923
Wexford<518.728
Leitrim<59.43

Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 38.2.

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A slice of Galway goes to 48 countries

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dough Bros in Galway have today shipped their DIY Gourmet Pizza Kits to 48 countries

The areas covered are every country in mainland Europe, Israel, Russia and Khazakstan

It’s for the DHL European management’s Virtual Christmas Party

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