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Childrens’ remains to be exhumed at Tuam Mother and Baby Home site

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam is to be fully excavated and forensically examined.
The government decided a full excavation is the best way forward at its cabinet meeting today.
A forensic examination will aim to identify the remains of all children buried at the site.
Arrangements for reburial or memorialisation of those children will then be arranged.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says every reasonable effort will be made to locate and recover the remains of all children buried in Tuam and her Department will lead the process.
Long time campaigner on the issue Catherine Corless has welcomed the announcement stating it will bring healing to all impacted.
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Boil Water Notice for Teeranea/Lettermore businesses and residents remains in place

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to remind customers supplied by the Teeranea/Lettermore Pubic Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice issued for the supply on February 20th remains in place.

This is due to ongoing operational and mechanical issues at the water treatment plant that have resulted in the treatment process being compromised.

The notice also applies to the Lettercallow Group Water Scheme.

Over 900 customers who are supplied by the Teeranea/Lettermore Public Water Supply and the Lettercallow Group Water Scheme are advised that they must boil their water before drinking and preparing food.

Once tap water is boiled and cooled it will be safe for consumption.

Commenting, Tim O’Connor, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead said: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority. The notice has been put in place to protect customers due to ongoing operational and mechanical issues at the plant. Irish Water and Galway County Council Process Optimisation experts have been working on site this week, and improvements to the treatment process will be implemented in the next 10 days.

“We are aware of the impact that this notice is having on the area affected and thank our customers in advance for their patience and cooperation while we work as safely and as efficiently as possible under the current COVID-19 restrictions to improve the operations at the plant.

“We advise customers in the affected areas to adhere to the Boil Water Notice until further notice. We will continue to work closely with Galway County Council and the HSE to monitor the plant and lift the notice when it is safe to do so and safeguard the supply for the future. We will issue a further update as soon as more information is available.”

The water is safe for all other applications including personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets.

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

Irish Water is working closely with Galway County Council to lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so.

Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section on water.ie, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.

Further information in relation to the boil water notice is available from https://www.water.ie/water-supply/water-quality/boil-water-notice/

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Supports announced for Galway workers re-entering post-pandemic jobs market

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Community development companies in the city and county have announced supports for workers re-entering the post-pandemic jobs market.

Galway Rural Development and Galway City Partnership have launched a revised range of online courses providing marketable qualifications.

Both groups manage the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme for the county – with online training becoming a key function of the scheme.

The new courses, which are offered through the SICAP programme, will focus on the specific qualifications that will be in demand post-COVID19 – such as IT and online skills.

As well as tailored training, both companies will assist with job applications, updated CVs and interview skills.

More information about the training programmes is available on the Galway Rural Development and Galway City Partnership websites.

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HIQA Inspection finds staffing issues at Mountbellew Nursing Home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A HIQA inspection of Mountbellew Nursing Home has identified issues with staffing.

It found that in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19, there was inadequate nursing staff to ensure residents were cared for in line with health guidelines.

However, the issue has since been addressed through the recruitment of additional nurses

The inspection, carried out in November, found the unit was compliant or substantially compliant with 14 out of 16 criteria.

It found the centre was well-maintained with good facilities, and interactions between staff and residents were positive and engaging.

However it identified issues with staffing – with the inspector finding that at the time of inspection, it did not allow for two nurse-led teams.

This meant in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, one nurse would have to provide care to all residents, increasing the risk of infection.

Management said this was due to difficulty in recruiting nursing staff.

In response to the assessment, they said two additional full time nursing staff had been recruited, while a third was due to start in late December.

It also noted that two retired nurses were on stand-by to work in the event of sick leave, holiday leave or an outbreak of Covid-19.

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