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Galway senator claims government turning jobs into internships

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clarification is being sought on claims that the Department of Social Protection has been trying to convert jobs advertised in Galway into JobBridge internships.
Galway Sinn Fein Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh says that he has been contacted by the National One Parent Family Network over the issue, which told him that a number of its members were approached.
The members claim their companies were cold-called on behalf of the Department, inviting them to convert advertised positions into JobBridge internships.
Senator O’Clochartaigh says that Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton needs provide clarification on the issue immediately.

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Misleór festival starts in Galway tonight

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From Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Misleór, the only Irish festival dedicated to nomadic cultures, opens in Galway tonight.

The festival runs from today until Sunday and features music, art, film, theatre, and storytelling from minority communities.

Started in 2019, Misleór is a unique collaboration between local artists and community activists working at local, regional, national and international levels.

The artistic directors are Alice McDowell, an independent filmmaker, and Lee Anna Ward a young Traveller woman and Community Development Worker with GTM.

Both tomorrow and Sunday night, city buildings will be illuminated with images from nomadic artists, cultures and communities.
Projections will take place at 7pm and 10pm at the Galway City Museum, and at some surprise locations

On Sunday at 2pm at the Galway City Museum, a powerful community art project, created by Traveller and Mongolian communities in Ireland, in collaboration with artist Tommy Casby will be unveiled

This open-air event celebrates the importance of horses in Traveller and nomadic cultures, and features Traveller singer Thomas McCarthy, Romani storyteller Richard O’Neill, dancers and musicians from the Mongolian community in Ireland, traditional paper flower-maker John Corcoran, and local Traveller singer Kathleen Keenan.

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Bishop of Galway puts Gort priest on indefinite leave over TikTok posts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Bishop of Galway Brendan Kelly has put a Gort priest on indefinite leave over a number of TikTok posts.

In a statement to be read to parishioners in Gort this weekend, Bishop Kelly refers to ‘upsetting information’ regarding 44-year-old curate Fr Michael King.

In the statement Bishop Kelly confirms that Fr King is on indefinite leave from all duties, and will be absent from the parish for the foreseeable future.

The Bishop says ‘I fully understand that you feel hurt and let down at this time.’

Fr King, who is from Renmore, was ordained in 2016.

Bishop Kelly concludes the statement to parishioners by assuring them that Father King is receiving all the help and support that he requires, and he asks that they join with him in praying for the priest.

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Highest number of COVID-19 cases in nine months reported this evening at 2,466

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The highest number of Covid-19 cases in nine months has been reported this evening.

2,466 people have tested positive, bringing the five-day moving average to 2,123.

457 Covid patients are in hospital – up nine from yesterday – with 90 in intensive care, up two.

The Chief Medical Officer, Tony Holohan, is urging people to be cautious over the bank holiday weekend, as the Covid situation worsens.

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