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City demonstration to voice support for rape victims

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Demonstration will take place in the city this afternoon in support of people who have reported rapes and to seek change in the courts system.
The event is organised by the Socialist Feminist Group ROSA and follows a well attended rally at the Courthouse on Thursday.
The demonstration will get underway at Eyre Square at 1 this afternoon.
It’s as thousands are expected at rallies across the country this afternoon following the verdict in the Belfast rape trial this week.
The largest is set to take place in Dublin.
Thousands are expected to attend today’s march, which will begin at the City Hall on Dame Street.
It’s being organised by Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger, with over 13 hundred people on a Facebook event for the rally saying they’ll attend.
In a tweet, the Dublin West deputy says it’s time to ‘educate society about consent, end misogyny, sexism and objectification of women and to fund rape crisis centres’.
It gets underway at 2 o clock this afternoon, and will make its way to the Department of Justice on St Stephens Green.

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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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