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CONCERNS RAISED OVER GALWAY FARM INSPECTIONS

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Galway Senator Lorraine Higgins has raised concerns regarding the way some farm inspections are being conducted.

The Labour Senator told the Seanad that she has received representations from farmers in Galway East who claim inspections have been carried out without giving prior notice.

She has called on the Minister for Agriculture to review the situation and says the governement must strive for better standards.

Speaking on behalf of Simon Coveney, Junior Minister John Perry told the Senator that farm inspections, are by definition at all times governed by the law and the ethics relating to their employment as public servants.

He added that the Department has invested and will continue to invest considerable resources in training the inspectorate to ensure that all objectives of a particular inspection are achieved while maintaining a positive engagement with farmers.

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Eight Friends from Galway and Dublin are bidding to run 200Km coast to coast for the Irish Wheelchair Association and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland

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Eight friends have undertaken a major challenge to run 200Km from Oranmore to Dublin with the hope of raising €200,000 in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

The eight men are friends Brian, Daragh, Henry, Ger, Paul, Stephen, Damien and Shane and they left Oranmore at 6am this morning.

They plan to run through the night and arrive in Dublin at some time tomorrow morning.

Members of Irish Wheelchair Association will be waiting to greet and congratulate them when they arrive in Dublin.

The leader is Henry Fleming from Dublin.

He spoke to John Mulligan who first asked him about the run and also asked whose idea it was to go Coast to Coast

Donations can be made directly to their page at https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/TheCoast2CoastPFUltraRun

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Over €4m awarded to Galway science research projects

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Over four million euro has been awarded to four Galway-based science research projects.

Researchers from ATU Galway and University of Galway have benefitted from the funding announced by the Higher Education Minister.

Katie O’Dwyer of ATU Galway, and University of Galway’s Martin Nicholas Devaney and John Breslin are among the recipients.

While a collaboration between ATU Galway’s Conor Graham and University of Galway’s Liam Morrison has been awarded almost €1m.

Conor Graham explains their Trace-Fish project:

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Recruitment underway of Director to oversee the excavation of remains at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Recruitment of the Director who will oversee the excavation of human remains at the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home is underway

The closing date for applications for the new role is 3pm on Thursday fortnight, December 15

The salary is expected to start at just over 102 thousand euro and may incrementally increase to just over 126 thousand in line with other Director roles in the public service.

The appointment is on a temporary fixed-term contract for a period of up to 2.5 years.

Legislation that will allow for the excavation of the site in Tuam passed through the Oireachtas earlier this year.

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