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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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1,345 cases of Covid-19 confirmed nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has confirmed 1,345 new cases of Covid-19 here.

It’s a reduction of 41 on yesterday’s figures which were the highest in six months.

There are currently 105 people in hospital with the virus, a reduction of one person.

Of those, 21 are in intensive care units, also a decrease of one person compared to yesterday.

The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,282, compared to 983 this day last week.

The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 310, while the seven-day moving average is 1,237.

The HSE continue to be affected by the recent cyber attack and the daily case figure may change due to future data review, validation and update.

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LISTEN: Major road enhancement scheme near Abbeyknockmoy expected to begin by late 2023

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A major road enhancement scheme near Abbeyknockmoy is expected to begin by late 2023.

Galway County Council has confirmed that significant progress is being made on the N63 Liss to Abbey road realignment scheme.

The proposed scheme involves widening and realigning the 1.2km Type 2 single carriageway with a half a metre hard strip on either side and installing a new bridge over the River Abbert.

The County Council says it expects to make an application to An Bord Pleanála for scheme approval by the third quarter of this year.

It’s anticipated that an oral hearing will take place by the start of next year and if approved, it’s hoped that works with begin by the start of 2024.

Local Councillor Pete Roche says it’s great to see this level of progress for the long awaited €18 million project:

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Water restored to Carna and Roundstone following power outage

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway County Council have confirmed that water supply has been restored to impacted customers in Carna and Roundstone and the surrounding areas following a power outage at the Cill Chiaran Water Treatment Plant.

Dedicated water service crews were mobilised and repairs were undertaken yesterday evening and this morning and it is recommended that customers allow 2 to 3 hours after the estimated restoration time for the water supply to fully return.

In a statement, Irish Water and Galway County Council said that they understood the inconvenience caused when disruptions occur and they thanked customers for their patience while supply was restored to impacted customers.

The Irish Water Customer Care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact them on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates please see the Water Supply Updates section of their website.

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