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Government criticised over lack of progress on Magdalene Laundries in Galway and other areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The UN has criticised the government’s lack of progress on investigations into the Magadelene Laundries, industrial schools and mother and baby homes, such as those in Galway
An Irish delegation has appeared before the UN Committee Against Torture to face questions on various human rights issues.
The Committee was particularly critical of the state’s assertion that it has no basis for believing that serious harm was perpetrated in the Magdalene Laundries, such as the one based at Forster Street in the city.

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Access to Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay currently impassable due to Illegal parking

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Clifden Gardai have confirmed to Galway Bay FM News that access to Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay is currently impassable due to Illegal parking in the area.

Large numbers are visiting the area today due to the warm weather conditions and the beaches in both Dogs Bay and Gurteen Bay are popular with visitors.

However, the large numbers is also leading to illegal parking making it impossible for emergency services to access the area if needed.

Clifden Gardai have confirmed that they are at the scene and will be issuing tickets to vehicles that are parked illegally.

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Galway speakers to feature as Knock National Novena to return to its traditional format next week

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The National Novena to Our Lady of Knock will return to its traditional format for the first time since 2019.

The theme for this year is ‘A Journey in Hope’ and the novena will run from tomorrow until Monday the 22nd of August.

On each of the nine days, ceremonies will take place at Knock Basilica beginning with concelebrated Mass at 3.00pm and 8.00pm, followed by contributions from guest speakers.

On Monday the 15th, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the speaker will be Roseanna Ruane, mother of Saoírse Ruane, on The Power of Prayer in Difficult Times and the speaker on Monday the 22nd will be Archbishop Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam, on The Call of the Lord.

In excess of 8,000 pilgrims are expected to attend each day at the Shrine.

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Inspection yields perfect compliance at mental health unit in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay Fm Newsroom – A mental health unit in Ballinasloe has received a perfect score following an inspection by the Mental Health Commission.

The Creagh Suite is located on the grounds of St. Brigid’s Campus and cares for adults with a dementia diagnosis as well as a history of mental health difficulties.

Inspectors found that while it’s an older building, it’s clean, airy, and has been developed to cater for the specific needs of an elderly population.

They further commended the painting of corridors in a streetscape style, the colour schemes and furnishings, as well as the personalisation of bedrooms.

It’s the first time the Creagh Suite has achieved a 100 percent compliance rating.

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