The former Magdalene laundry site in the city is to be transformed into a domestic violence refuge.
The Sisters of Mercy today handed the keys to the convent at 47 Forster street, behind the former Anglo Irish building, to Cope Galway.
The existing refuge at Waterside house has been unfit for purpose for many years, as it comprises ‘bedsit’ style accommodation forcing families to live in one large room.
Last year, Waterside House accomodated 100 women and their families but did not have sufficient capacity to accomodate a further 200, who had to be referred elsewhere.
Cope Galway approached the sisters of Mercy who responded by donating the Convent building on a 99 year lease for the benefit of women and children in the city and county.
Contracts are expected to be signed in the next 2 weeks.
LISTEN: Mám Éan pilgrimage to return this weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Mám Éan pilgrammage is set to take place in Connemara this weekend.
The popular pilgramage to Mám Éan pass, nestled in the Maumturk mountains, has previously been cancelled due to Covid-19.
However, it’s set to resume this Sunday with some restrictions in place.
Gatherers will remain at the chapel and will not move from station to station as is usually tradition.
Former Councillor Sean O’ Tuairisg says it’s great to have the event back this weekend.
Protest to take place in Mervue this afternoon over planned housing development
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Mervue this afternoon over a planned “build to rent” housing development in the area.
The Crown Square Development will consist of 345 units comprised of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed units.
However, People Before Profit Galway says it’s unacceptable that the homes will go straight to an investment fund when completed.
They argue that vulture and cuckoo funds should be banned in Ireland – but instead they are being accomodated by Government policy.
The local party branch has organised a protest to take place at the Crown Square site this afternoon at 2pm.