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Magdalene survivors call for mass boycott

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Magdalene laundries survivors are calling on all Irish citizens to boycott mass and all church collections this weekend.

The call from the group ‘Magdalene Survivors Together’ comes in the wake of the announcement by the four religious orders which ran the workhouses, that they won’t contribute financially to the redress scheme for the women who lived there.

The government insists it can’t force the orders to pay up meaning tax payers will have to.

The Sisters of Mercy, which have assets of more than a billion euro ran the laundry at Forster Street in the city.

Magdalene survivors say they want people to boycott mass and withhold donations to local churches this weekend to make it clear that the people are unhappy with the way the women are being treated.

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Most common energy rating for Galway homes is medium at C or D

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The most common energy rating for homes in Galway is now a medium of C or D.

That’s according to new figures from the CSO on the BER rating for domestic homes.

In Galway City, the most common performance ratings are now C3 and D1, followed by C2.

While in the county, C2 and C3 are the most common BER ratings, followed by D1.

Four percent of city homes have the lowest efficiency rating of G, while a further four percent have the highest rating of A.

Four percent of county homes also have an A rating – but the percentage of homes with a G rating stands at eight percent.

Nationally, Dublin County, Kildare and Meath have the highest proportion of homes with an A rating.

While around one in eight homes in Roscommon, Leitrim, Offaly and Tipperary have the lowest possible rating.

Meanwhile, the average age of a city home is 25 years, while the figure for the county is slightly higher at 29 years of age.

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Newly amalgamated city secondary school to be named Coláiste Muire Máthair

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The interim board of management of the city’s newest secondary school has announced its new name.

The amalgamated school, consisting of St Mary’s College Galway and Our Lady’s College – formerly the Presentation and Mercy Colleges – will be known as Coláiste Muire Máthair.

With its future enrollment estimated at 1,000 pupils, Coláiste Muire Máthair will be located at the current St Mary’s College campus.

The interim board of management says the new secondary school will be an inclusive Catholic co-educational voluntary school under the joint trusteeship of CEIST and the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Meanwhile, Betty Hernon has been announced as the school’s new principal.

Siobhan Quinn, Chair of the Interim Board of Management says it’s a new chapter.

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Eight outdoor recreation projects across county secure funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been awarded to eight county Galway projects through the Outdoor Recreation Fund.

The investment, totalling €146,000, has been announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.

The Outdoor Recreation Fund seeks to build on the economic and tourism potential of rural communities by developing and marketing facilities which attract visitors to areas that might not have seen many visitors in the past.

The projects being supported include the Aughrane Forest Trail in Ballygar, Glenamaddy Frass Looped Walks, Clonbur Walking and Cycling Trails, “Out and About” offshore Inisbofin, Inisbofin Looped Walks and Blueways and the Binn Shleibhe Loop in Cornamona.

The Lismay Kylemore Trail and Boardwalk projects in Ballinasloe have also received funding – with Galway based Senator Aisling Dolan saying the investment will support more vital free outdoor activities.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the funding will enhance the amenities and attract more visitors to the communities when public health restrictions are lifted – for more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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