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City blood donor claims he was discriminated against

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A young gay man from the outskirts the city claims he has been discriminated against by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.

21 year old Tomás Heneghan from Castlegar, has donated blood since he was 18.

However he was recently asked to attend a meeting regarding his sexual life and can’t donate blood until he has received consent from the blood transfusion service.

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service has a lifetime ban from donating blood on any man who has ever had sex with another man.

The IBTS says this is to protect the blood supply and potential donors have to fill in a questionnaire to determine their eligibility.

Galway man Tomás Heneghan says he has never been sexually active and has donated blood for the last three years.

According to the Irish Times, Tomás says he understands that if he become sexually active, he can no longer donate blood.

The Blood Transfusion Service says it can’t comment on individual cases.

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LISTEN: Gort/Kinvara Councillor says that Irish Water have serious questions to answer following lifting of Boil Water Notice

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Gort Kinvara Councillor has welcomed the lifting of the long running Boil Water Notice on the Gort Public Water Supply but has said that serious questions must be answered on the unacceptable delay.

The Boil Water Notice was put in place four months ago due to a mechanical fault at the water treatment plant which impacted the disinfection process and was lifted yesterday following the completion of remedial works, and the receipt of satisfactory monitoring results.

However, Councillor Joe Byrne, while welcoming the lifting of the Boil Water Notice, has said that Irish Water must answer serious questions regarding the upgrading of the Filter System in July of last year,

Councillor Byrne explained why when speaking to Galway Bay FM News:

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LISTEN: Galway Rural Development among Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Operators to win prestigious UN Award

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme that was delivered by Galway Rural Development across Co Galway during the pandemic has won the prestigious 2022 UN Public Services Award in the category ‘Institutional Resilience and Innovative Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic’.

The Awards, announced on United Nations Public Service Day, placed a focus on creating and sustaining partnerships for public service delivery and building back better from COVID-19 to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme or SICAP is delivered across Ireland by community-led Local Development Companies’, funded through the Department of Rural and Community Development and co-funded from the European Social Fund.

Speaking to John Mulligan on Galway Bay FM News following the announcement, CEO of Galway Rural Development Steve Dolan said this award is recognition of the work of the community groups involved as well as GRD:

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Status Yellow weather alert remains in place for Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Status Yellow rain warning remains in place for Galway and Mayo until 6pm this evening.

Further heavy showers or longer spells of rain today may lead to spot flooding in places.

A Status Yellow Gale warning is also in place until 9pm tonight from Loop Head to Erris Head to Bloody Foreland.

A Small Craft warning has been issued for all coasts of Ireland with Cyclonic variable winds reaching force 6 or higher on all Irish coasts until 11pm.

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