Galway Bay fm newsroom – Belgian police have confirmed that the two bodies found at the scene of a fire in Leuven are those of two Irish students of Polish and Lithuanian origin.
22-year-old Sara Gibadlo from Oranmore and 19-year-old Dace Zarina from Longford were students of GMIT in Galway.
They were second year students in the Bachelor of Business Degree in Hotel and Catering Management.
The two were the only GMIT students studying at the Irish University in Leuven as part of an erasmus programme, which just began a few weeks ago.
Many of their classmates, who are on placement in other parts of Europe, are being informed of the tragedy by college authorities this afternoon.
GMIT has appointed liaisons to support both families and are also liaising with the Belgian Embassy and the Ambassador, who is in Leuven.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Galway Bay fm News that it’s providing consular assistance to the families.
Head of GMIT College of Tourism and Arts, Cáit Noone says the college is devastated and that “Dace and Sara were both bright, creative young girls”.
8 other Irish students were in the building at the time of the blaze – which broke out shortly after six o’clock this morning.
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.