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Investigation into deaths of GMIT students to be completed by end of summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The investigation into the fire that killed two GMIT students in Belgium earlier this year is expected to be completed by the end of summer.
19 year-old Sara Gibaldo from Oranmore and 22 year-old Dace Zarina from Longford died in a fire at a house in the university town of Leuven on Janurary 31st.
Both of the women were second year students in the Bachelor of Business degree in hotel and catering management at GMIT and were on Erasmus placements at the time of the incident.
According to today’s Irish Times, Belgian police have handed over a file to state prosecutors in Leuven who are investigating the incident.
It is understood ownership of the house is one issue being pursued – Belgian law requires student accommodation to be registered as such.
GMIT has not sent students to the institute since the incident.

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Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.

Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.

The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.

Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey:

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UD Motorway and lane closures between Ballinasloe and Oranmore over next 8 days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commuters are being advised of upcoming motorway and lane closures on designated days between Ballinasloe and Oranmore between tomorrow and Thursday week, February 16th

The M6 Eastbound will be closed between Junction 19 and 18 from 10pm tomorrow (thurs feb 9) until 6am on Friday, with diversions in place.

On Monday 13th traffic will be down to one lane on the M6 WESTbound between junction 16 Loughrea and 17 Athenry.

The following day, one lane on that stretch EASTbound will be closed.

On Wednesday 15th, it will be down to one lane between Junction 16 Loughrea and 15 Ballinasloe.

Then on Thursday 16th, one lane will be closed between Junction 14 East Ballinasloe and Junction 15 West Ballinasloe.

All those closures will be in place from 8AM until 5PM each day.

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City tech firm partners with COPE Galway to support services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based tech firm is partnering with COPE Galway to support its services.

The domestic abuse and homelessness charity is set to receive funding and volunteer support from Salthill cybersecurity firm, TitanHQ.

The company voted to support COPE Galway, with the partnership established on a year-long basis.

Leonie Woutersen, Corporate Engagement Executive at COPE Galway, explains what the collaboration will involve.

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