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HSE apologises to women at centre of Dunmore foster abuse scandal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Service Executive has apologised unreservedly to three women at the centre of a Dunmore foster home abuse scandal.
The women were in foster care arranged by the HSE’s Galway Community Care between 2005 and 2007.
It comes as questions have been raised about the HSE’s handling of the initial reports of abuse.
Some of the women waived their right to anonymity in order to name their abuser as 29 year old Keith Burke of Addergoolemore in Dunmore, as part of an RTE Investigates report broadcast on Primetime.
In recent weeks Keith Burke was sentenced after he was found guilty of raping the then three foster children between 2003 and 2007.
He was sentenced to seven and a half years for the rape charges.
In a statement the HSE said that while no apology can undo the harm inflicted on the three girls, it is important that the HSE expresses a heartfelt apology at this time.
It’s understood all of the relevant historic files are with Tusla since 2014.
The HSE adds that it has been in contact with Tusla in order to discuss how best to determine whether the case raises any concerns for HSE-delivered services today.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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