Date Published: 11-Dec-2007
A report on the Inquiry into abuse at the Brothers of Charity residential centre at Kilcornan in Clarinbridge and the Holy Family School in Renmore has made several recommendations
The 176 page, ten-chapter report which looks into claims of sexual and physical abuse at the two premises, was published today [11/12]
It reveals that a total of 21 complaints were made by current or former clients of the Brothers of Charity
These allegations were made against 18 individuals – 11 brothers, 4 lay members of staff and 3 past service users during the period 1965 to 1998
Of those 18 individuals, 2 were convicted, 8 were deceased at the time of the Inquiry and the remainder are no longer involved with the provision of services to vulnerbale clients with the Brothers of Charity
There has been much criticism about the length of time it took to complete the report as it was first commissioned in 1999 by the then Western Health Board
Laverne McGuinness, National Director for Primary, Community and Continuing Care says there were many issues to deal with, which delayed the process
This evening the Brothers of Charity have released details of a helpline number for anyone who has concerns connected with the publication of this report on abuse allegations
It comes into effect from tomorrow morning at 11 ……. it’s a freephone 1800 252058, that’s 1800 252058
It will be open from 11 tomorrow morning until 7 in the evening and 11am to 7pm on Thursday and Friday also
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.