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€4m COPE Galway refuge shows there is ‘another way’



The new €4 million refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence will be named Modh Eile House, which means ‘another way’ in Irish.

Work will begin on converting the former Convent of Mercy residence into the biggest residential refuge in the West of Ireland in the coming weeks with the appointment of Carey Building Contractors.

The building is expected to take a year. Cope Galway CEO Jacquie Horan said the charity hopes the new refuge will be open to take in women and children by the end of 2019.

So far €3 million has been donated to the project by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government as well as major funding from two sources – one of them wishes to remain anonymous and the other comes from the Lifes2Good Foundation.

“We now need to raise the remaining €1 million and we have every confidence that we will continue to benefit from the generosity of the people of Galway to bring this project to fruition,” remarked Ms Horan.

“We haven’t gone public yet but we are planning to launch a public appeal. This will be much nicer surroundings for children. Our Waterside refuge was not an ideal location for small children.”

The design by Simon J Kelly architects involving the protected building at 47 Forster Street will create nine self-contained residential units, staff accommodation, offices, outreach facilities, meeting rooms, playrooms and a childcare facility.

She noted that last year their Waterside House refuge was unable to accommodate 258 women with their 441 children on 326 occasions due to a lack of space.

Planning permission for the project was granted in June. In 2013, COPE secured a 99-year lease on the Magdalen laundry site from the Sisters of Mercy. The actual laundry buildings were demolished in 1991 and redeveloped as apartments.

A booklet created by Cope Galway to remember the Magdalen women who were confined to the laundry run by the Mercy nuns on Forster Street between 1870 and 1984 was launched this week. Ms Horan told the launch that the booklet was a turning point for the charity and the women who once worked at the laundry.

“It’s an opportunity to remember, respect and record some of the sad history and the experiences of the women who lived and worked in the Magdalen Laundry. It is our small and, we hope, sensitive contribution towards acknowledging the lived experiences of women who suffered enormous personal pain and loss.

“It is an opportunity for us to remember who these women were, to respect their lives and work, and to record their lives and deaths in the best way we can.”

She said the name, Modh Eile, was chosen by women who have experienced domestic abuse who believed it would give hope to others to find a way to rebuild their lives and create a better future for their families.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised



Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

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

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’



Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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