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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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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.

The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.

The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.

However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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