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Dáil hears commitment on future of Galway youth counselling service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A commitment has been given in the Dáil to explore how a free Galway youth counselling service might be saved from imminent closure.
Junior Minister Jim Daly has pledged in the chamber to personally examine the situation to assess steps forward for the beleaguered service.
It’s after Galway deputies Anne Rabbitte, Catherine Connolly and Hildegarde Naughton made a passionate plea for the vital service to be spared from the axe.
The Dáil heard that the service requires funding of 35 thousand euro to keep the doors open – which equates to just 175 euro per child availing of counselling.
The service, operated by Youth Work Ireland Galway, offers non-referral counselling to young teenagers in the city, Tuam, Ballinasloe and Loughrea.
The withdrawal of the service is now imminent due to what’s being described as a lack of a stable source of funding.
Deputies Rabbitte, Connolly and Naughton argue that it offers a vital lifeline to up to 200 young people across Galway.
Speaking in response, Junior Minister Jim Daly pledged to personally examine the situation.

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The retirement is announced of the Church Of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke has announced his retirement.

The announcement was made this morning and will take effect from the 31st of October.

Born on 12 April 1955, Bishop Patrick was educated at Sandford Park School and Salisbury and Wells Theological College; and ordained in 1979.

He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Newtownabbey and Ballywillan, and then held incumbencies at Craigs and Ballymore. He was Dean of Armagh from 2006 until 2011 and succeeded Bishop Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson as Bishop of the Tuam, Killala and Achonry in that year.

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has paid tribute to Bishop Patrick calling him a “true pastor to his people” and praised his warm and welcoming personality, and his great ability to be at ease in company and to put others at ease in his presence.

Archbishop Neary also paid tribute to the support from the Bishop in making St Mary’s Cathedral available while the Cathedral of the Assumption is nearing the end of a major refurbishment.

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Latest figures show a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in Ireland as 288 are reported

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have announced that there are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

However, this is shows a significant drop compared to yesterday evening when 393 cases were reported.

That is a reduction of 105 cases in twenty four hours.

There is a slight increase in the numbers receiving treatment in hospital with 49 patients with the virus. An increase of 1 on yesterday while the number of people being treated in ICU is also up 1 to 15.

There are no figures available for Galway.

These daily case numbers may change in the future after the data is reviewed and validated.

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LISTEN: Galway men and women are encouraged to get a donor card on this Father’s Day

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Men and women all over the county are being encouraged to get a donor card this father’s day as a family from Mountbellew are sharing their story to increase awareness around the gift of organ donation.

Just under two years ago, Patrick Browne, who works as a nurse in the neurology department at University Hospital Galway, donated part of his liver to save his now six-year-old daughter Sadhbh’s life.

The Irish Kidney Association advises that whilst many things have been put on pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for organ donation and transplantation continues.

Speaking to John Mulligan, Patrick Browne said that holding a donor card is a phenomenal gift that can keep someone alive.

The Irish Kidney Association encourages individuals who wish to support organ donation to keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card, permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.

Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01-6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.

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