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Consultation with survivors a year on from discovery of remain at Tuam mother and baby home site

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two consultation meetings will take place this week on the future of the Tuam mother and baby home site.
Tuam historian Catherine Corless has hit out at the Government for failing to commit to excavation, exhumation, and DNA testing of the remains at the Athenry Road location.

It comes a year on from the announcement that a substantial amount of human remains had been discovered at the site.
She’s also hit out at what she calls the “callous and cold voting system” put in place by Galway County Council as part of an independent consultation process.
On the forms issued by Galway County Council, interested parties – including local families and representative groups – are asked indicate their preferred option for the future of the site ‘by placing an X in the appropriate box.’
Catherine Corless says to reduce the situation to a multiple choice voting system is an insult to survivors and locals.
Consultation sessions will take place this week for former residents of the mother and baby home, and for the general public.
The survivors meeting takes place at the Corralea Court Hotel at 2pm tomorrow, while the public consultation takes place at the hotel on Friday.
Galway East TD Sean Canney says the consultations will help the government decide the most appropriate course of action.

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Taoiseach pledges action on Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has pledged action on the issue of Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions.

It’s after Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv highlighted restrictions on a new caravan loan scheme introduced by the Government.

He argued it’s unacceptable that the scheme only covers 75 caravans in the entire country – and slammed the Government for its “petty-mindedness”.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how in Galway, 24 replacement caravans are urgently needed – but approval was only given for four.

He says as the temperature plummets, many Travellers are living in freezing caravans and mobile homes that are decades old.

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Tanaiste says new National Construction Technology Centre in Galway will enable faster, better building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tánaiste says the new National Construction Technology Centre at University of Galway will help us build more, build faster, and build better.

Leo Varadkar launched Construct Innovate at a special event this afternoon, before taking a guided tour of the Alice Perry Engineering Building.

The new centre aims to accelerate research and innovation in the construction sector and position Ireland as a global leader.

Speaking outside University of Galway this afternoon, the Tánaiste said Construct Innovate will play an extremely important role.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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