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Demonstration planned at Tuam Mother and Baby Home site to mark Pope’s visit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demonstration is set to take place at the site of the former Tuam Mother and Baby Home this month to coincide with the Pope’s visit.
Campaigners will light candles and hold a silent vigil on the afternoon of Sunday the 26th, while Pope Francis is celebrating mass at Knock Shrine.
The event is being organised by the Tuam Babies Family Group.
A special sculpture of 796 babies made in the shape of a baptismal font, created by Flemish women, is also being targeted for the demonstration.
Local historian Catherine Corless is also expected to read out the names of all those who are believed to be buried at the site at Athenry Road.
Ms Corless says survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby home want an apology, tune in at 2 to hear Catherine…

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Higher planning authority to consider proposal for over 100 residential units at Roscam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision next month on a plan to build over 100 residential units in Roscam in the east of the city.

The application is led by Alber Developments Ltd. with the development to be located at lands to the south of Rosshill Road.

The stragegic infrastructure project sets out to deliver 35 apartments, 67 houses and a childcare facility.

The higher planning board is due to make its decision in April

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Taoiseach to visit vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheál Martin will this afternoon visit the vaccination centre at Galway Racecourse.

He’ll take a tour of the Ballybrit facility and get an update on the vaccination programme for healthcare workers currently underway.

The Taoiseach is expected to arrive at half past four.

His visit comes amid ongoing controversy over shortfalls in vaccines and the HSE’s failure to meet vaccination targets last week.

AstraZeneca has promised the HSE to make up for failing to meet two scheduled deliveries in full.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says they’re administering vaccines as quickly as possible and he expects deliveries to become more reliable over time – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Continued drop in new car sales across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a continued year-on-year drop in new car sales across Galway.

In February 2020 – just weeks before lockdown began – there were 1,795 new cars registered across the county.

Last month, the figure finished at 1,593 – that’s a drop of 11 percent year-on-year.

However, it’s an improvement on the drop of 22 percent recorded in Galway during January.

Nationally, figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show new car registrations were up 7 percent last month compared to the same time last year.

The biggest drop last month was recorded in Co. Leitrim, where new car sales fell by almost 17 percent year-on-year.

While in Longford, it went entirely the opposite direction – with the number of new car registrations rising significantly by 20 percent.

SIMI Director General Brian Cooke says the industry has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to operate in a safe manner throughout the ongoing pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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