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COPE Galway conference hears pandemic offers new opportunity to refocus on marginalised groups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A COPE Galway conference has heard that the pandemic offers a new opportunity to rethink Ireland’s approach to people who are living on the margins of society.

The World Health Organisation’s Dr. Mike Ryan delivered a key note address at the local charity’s virtual launch of its annual report today.

Throughout 2020 as the country grappled with a pandemic, the group provided homeless services to 1,157 people.

It also supported 603 people through its domestic abuse service and 856 through its senior support service.

One of the year’s key achievements was the opening of Modh Eile House last May which has enabled the group to provide 50% more accommodation to women and children fleeing domestic abuse.

Addressing the virtual launch, NUIG graduate Dr. Mike Ryan said the pandemic has placed a new focus on how a more inclusive society can be built to support such marginalised groups – to hear an extended section of Dr Ryan’s speech, tune in to FYI Galway from 5

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Body found near Kinvara shoreline identified

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The body located on the shoreline in Kinvara has been identified as that of a woman who had been missing from the Tyrone area.

It follows a post mortem examination.

A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30am on Tuesday at Doorus, north of Kinvara.

The PSNI says it is no longer searching for missing person Laura Vizgirdaite, following the discovery made in Galway.

The 22 year old was last seen in the Far Circular Road area of Dungannon on Sunday 12th September.

At the time, it was believed Laura may have made her way to County Clare.

The death is NOT being treated as suspicious.

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Galway students commuting up to 5 hours a day as accommodation crisis impacts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of the Students Union at GMIT says some students are being forced to commute up to 5 hours a day due to the lack of available accommodation in Galway city and county.

Approximately 2000 students attending Galway Mayo Institute of Technology are awaiting accommodation, with approximately 1700 of those in Galway alone.

It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are on waiting lists for student accommodation.

The Union of Students is holding a protest outside Leinster House calling for urgent action – and is planning a 24 hour sleepout.

President of GMIT Student’s Union Colin Kearney says students who cannot secure accommodation are finding it increasingly difficult to get to their college campus – we will have an extended feature on this issue on FYI Galway@5

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Efforts Intensify to Broker Peace Deal Among Feuding Factions Following Yesterday’s Violence in Tuam

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Tuam area councillors are calling on the leaders of the groups involved in yesterday’s violence in Tuam to come to the table for peace talks with community leaders in a bid to avoid any reprisals.

There’s been widespread reaction to the altercation which it’s believed is linked to an ongoing feud in the Galway town.

Up to 30 gardai accompanied by armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town with local Councillor Donagh Killilea stating that the violence which broke out later that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

Instead it’s believed yesterday’s incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking To Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks , Tuam Fine Gael Councillor Pete Roche says he is fearful of reprisals following yesterday’s violence.

Efforts have intensified today to broker a peace deal between the families involved in the Tuam feud.

It’s hoped those involved will meet with community leaders next week to avoid any further violence breaking out in the town.

Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea says he has extended an invitation to peace talks in a bid to avoid any further incidents.

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