Justice Minister orders Garda report into Tuam childrens grave
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister for Justice, Frances Fitzgerald has ordered a Garda report on the information Gardaí may have about the deaths of hundreds of children at a mother-and-baby home in Tuam.
The announcement follows an online petition with more than 15 thousand signatures from Ireland and abroad calling for such an investigation.
Minister Fitzgerald says the purpose of criminal investigations is to lead to the prosecution of persons where the commission of offences has been established.
She adds that the Justice Department is liasing with Gardaí so that the information can feed into the interdepartmental process.
Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan is overseeing the interdepartmental investigation into the mass grave and says the results will be available within a month.
Meanwhile, the Justice Minister is being accused of being aware of conditions in Mother and Baby Homes and failing to act.
Adoption Rights Now says Frances Fitzgerald was made aware of a number of issues when she was Minister for Children, but had knowledge of cases since the 1990s.
Open farmer clinic to take place in Oranmore on new BISS scheme
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local farmers are invited to attend an open clinic in Oranmore next week on the new BISS scheme.
The Department of Agriculture is hosting a number of information sessions nationwide to answer questions on the Basic Income Support for Sustainability schemes.
The Galway event will be held at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Tuesday from 10AM-16PM – and no registration is needed.
Carmel Tobin, with the Direct Payments Unit at the Department of Agriculture, explains the importance of the event:
O’ Cuiv calls for new Government strategy to tackle “scourge” of cocaine
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv is calling for a new Government strategy, to tackle the “scourge” of cocaine in this country.
He said a new UN report shows Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of cocaine in the world per capita.
He outlined how only the Netherlands, Australia and Spain, reported higher levels of use.
Deputy O’ Cuiv argues there’s a clear need for a new strategy at national level:
Athenry, Aughnanure, and Portumna Castles reopen for summer season
Athenry, Portumna and Aughnanure Castles are reopening to visitors for the summer.
The OPW is encouraging people to “Step into our Story” and pay a visit to these heritage sites.
Other OPW sites are also welcoming visitors, such as Dún Aonhgasa, and Pearse’s Cottage at Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Conamara
To celebrate the early summer opening, people can enjoy free admission on the first Wednesday of every month throughout summer.