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Galway County Council says publication of mother and baby home report is ‘important milestone’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway county council says it will remain available to former residents of the Mother and Baby Home, the local residents and wider community in Tuam to offer support during what is clearly a difficult time.

The local authority says it recognises that this is an important milestone with deep and personal impact for all those with a connection to the former Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, especially former residents, their families and advocates.

The council says it acknowledges the commitment by Government to advance burials legislation to support the excavation, exhumation and, where possible, identification of remains together with their dignified reburial.

It concludes it will continue to actively assist the ongoing work to implement the Government’s agreed course of action and response for the Tuam site.

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NUIG researchers developing advanced AI to improve COVID-19 diagnosis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUI Galway are developing an advanced artificial intelligence system that will improve diagnosis times for COVID-19.

The project involves developing AI technology to analyse CT scans using a ‘supercomputer’ from the Irish Centre for High-Performance Computing.

It’s being being undertaken by Dr. Aaron Golden in collaboration with Dr. Christoph Kleefeld of NUI Galway and Dr. Declan Sheppard of Galway University Hospitals.

Researchers say that everyone is used to the idea of nasal and throat swabs for COVID-19 – but they’re not 100% accurate and can miss genuine cases, and there can also be delays in getting results.

The project now underway at NUI Galway is developing new AI techniques using a national supercomputer, to expedite the diagnosis of Covid-19 from patient CT scans.

At present, the use of CT scans, allows a radiologist to examine lesions on the lungs that would be indicative of Covid-19, in less than an hour.

However, it can be difficult to determine the cause of these lesions – which is where the new AI techniques will come into play.

The imaging system being developed by researchers at NUI Galway will incorporated trained AI who will be able to distinguish between different types of lesions.

The training of this AI involves familiarising it with thousands of different CT scans – and then developing deep learning algorithms to standardise the scans.

Researchers say this is a big data problem requiring a phenomenal amount of computation – necessitating the use of the KAY supercomputer at the Irish Centre for High-Performance Computing.

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City Council to publish all Part 8 planning applications online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to publish all Part 8 planning applications online.

Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly proposed uploading the documents to the Local Authority’s online planning system, where they could be publicly viewed – at this week’s meeting.

The City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath advised Councillor Connolly that it would be more appropriate to upload the documents to the City Council’s general website as the planning section was not designed to host Part 8 documents.

Meanwhile, Director of Services for Planning Ruth McNally advised the meeting that a new portal is being set up where the files can also be uploaded.

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File sent to DPP over Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have sent a file to the DPP in relation to the investigation surrounding the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, which was held in Connemara last summer.

81 people, including politicians and members of the judiciary attended the event in Clifden in August, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Golfgate was followed by the resignation of Phil Hogan as EU Trade Commissioner and the resignation of former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary.

A number of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael senators also lost the party whip as a result.

Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe was also in attendance, but a report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found it would be unjust to seek his resignation.

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