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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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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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Junior Trade Minister Urges Flexibility From Galway Employers And Employees In Return To The Workplace

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: On a visit to Galway today, the Junior Trade Minister is urging employers and employees to be flexible in making the return to the workplace.

Workers aren’t obliged to reveal their vaccination status, as thousands of people return to their workplace setting across the county today.

The Government is urging employers to allow for a phased and staggered return, with social distancing rules remaining in place.

Other Covid restrictions are also easing today with indoor gym, dance and art classes returning.

Minister of State at the Department of Trade Enterprise and Employment Robert Troy, who is in Athenry this afternoon, says it’s key that both employers and employees work together to make the return to the workplace smooth.

We’ll bring you all the details of the Minister’s trip to Galway this evening on FYI Galway from 5-6pm

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