Date Published: 15-Jun-2011
The story of one Headford teenager – who turned 18 in May and has a severe intellectual and physical disability – is one of a number to be highlighted this week in the latest RTE Primetime exposé of the state’s failure to care for its most vulnerable citizens.
Shane Molloy has been making remarkable progress in the past two to three years thanks to a multi-disciplinary programme at Rosedale school, run by the Brothers of Charity students aged six to 18 years, with severe and profound learning disabilities in Galway City.
But now Shane’s parents Pauline and David fear that because he is now being treated as an adult by the Department of Education, he may no longer be eligible to continue to be funded to go to Rosedale.
The HSE West has also not yet informed Shane’s family whether they will have enough funding for him to continue to be cared for and helped elsewhere by the Brothers of Charity.
Shane is one of three young men at Rosedale in a similar ‘limbo’ situation of not knowing what will happen to them come September; and is one of 43 young adults with varying degrees of intellectual and physical disability, across County Galway in various other educational settings, who are unsure of whether the Department of Education or HSE will have funding to support their needs. It’s the not knowing and uncertainty that is agonising.
“We’re in limbo and constantly having to fight for services for Shane. It’s a constant battle,” says his mother Pauline.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune – and tune in to Primetime, RTE1, tonight (Thursday) at 9.30pm.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.