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Child safeguarding report on Galway diocese makes 9 recommendations

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Nine recommendations have been issued in a report into safeguarding practice in the diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

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.

The review references practice under the leadership of Bishop Drennan, Bishop McLoughlin and Bishop Casey.

The first recommendation is that Bishop Drennan should review all cases of living priests who are on administrative leave to ensure that formal written precepts have been issued and shared with the accused priest, and a copy retained on file.

It’s also suggested that Bishop Drennan appoint a suitable person to initiate the preliminary investigation under an element of Canon law, in relation to all priests out of ministry.

The report also states that a safeguarding co-ordinator should put in place written risk management plans which should be shared with the accused priest.

The NBSCCI template is also highlighted as that to be followed for all case management records.

The report records the incidence of safeguarding allegations received within the Galway Diocese from January 1975 to January 2013.

It notes that 38 allegations have been received by the diocese since 1975.

Three priests against whom an allegation was made are still in ministry and 5 are deceased.

One priest has been convicted in the period of the review for having committed an offence against a child or young person.

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.

The report found that the church organisation has a child protection policy that is written in a clear and understandable way.

The review  which is part of a third tranche of such reviews 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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Galway records average of 99 Covid cases per day as holiday season continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is recording an average of 99 Covid 19 cases per day over the last five days.

As the West continues to experience a fourth wave, a significant increase in cases has been noted in tourist hotpsots such as Galway city, the Aran Islands and Westport.

The walk in test centre in the city is now recording a positivity rate of 12.8%, while the centre in Carnmore has a positivity rate of 10.5%.

Director of Public Health in the West Breda Smyth says there is a very high infection rate in the city at the moment with the age profile predominantly in the under 40s.

She has urged the younger cohorts of the population, particularly those aged between 19 and 30, to avail of a vaccine in a pharmacy or by registering on the HSE vaccine portal.

Breda Smyth told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks there is a high level of infection in the community and the public health guidelines are key in surpressing the virus as the holiday season continues.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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393 Galway claims recorded by Personal Injuries Assessment Board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 393 Galway claims were made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board last year.

2,898 claims came from Dublin, 884 from Cork and 590 from Limerick.

Nationally, there was a 16 per cent decrease in the volume of claims made to the board.

Awards have halved since new guidelines were introduced in April.

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board is publishing its annual report for 2020 this morning.

26,009 new claims were dealt with last year – with 206 million euro worth of compensation given out to accident victims.

The number of personal injuries claims made to the board fell by 16 per cent in 2020, mainly due to the pandemic.

There were far fewer people on the roads, attending workplaces or meeting together in public – and so there were fewer accidents.

In 2020, the average award was just over 24,000 euro.

Last year was the last full year the Book of Quantum was used to determine compensation amounts.

New guidelines came into effect on April 26th of this year – and the PIAB says the average awards has halved since then.

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West records second lowest level of residential construction during June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West recorded the second lowest level of residential construction during June.

Research from data analytics firm GeoDirectory shows just 10% of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland last month were in Connacht – just ahead of Ulster at 6%.

Over 50 percent of the new homes being built in June were in the Leinster region.

According to the report, more than 18 thousand houses and apartments were being built last month compared to 13 thousand at the same time in 2020.

CEO of GeoDirectory Dara Keogh, says the construction sector is showing signs of recovery since the pandemic.

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