Volunteers have been appointed to the Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault Treatment Services based in Galway.
The CASATS project, which is the first of its kind in the country, supports victims of sexual abuse and their families.
16 volunteers with previous experience working with children and families have been identified and trained to work for the Paediatric Forensic Medical Services.
The first meeting between the volunteers and families will take place this week.
A dedicated CARO professional already working in the Court Accompaniment Service has been assigned to the project for one day per week.
Funding for CASATS has been secured from the Manuela Riedo Foundation Ireland, the Commission for Victims of Crime and Ebay.
The project will mirror the existing work provided by rape crisis counsellors in adult Sexual Assault Treatment Units throughout the country.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.