Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s hoped the first sod will be turned for the long-awaited Gort to Tuam road before the end of this year.
That’s according to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar who said he was confident the project would reach financial close by the end of 2013.
His comments follow the issuing of a letter of guarantee by cabinet last week in a bid to engage with overseas banks to assess interest in funding the project.
The government already made a committment of 20 million euro to the private public partnership project earlier this year.
Speaking at the opening of Oranmore Train Station this year, Minister Varadkar said he hopes to be in a position to return to Galway by year end to turn the first sod on the project.
EY Ireland expansion to deliver new jobs at Galway base
Galway Bay fm newsroom – EY Ireland has announced the creation of over 800 jobs nationwide with 210 roles to be spread across its regional offices in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
The expansion will bring the headcount in EY to over 4,200 across the island of Ireland.
The 414 experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of June next year, while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.
EY Ireland says increasing demand for its services and fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, were key to its decision to expand.
Access to redress scheme for Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors to be widened
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Children is set to expand the redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes beyond the terms recommended by the commission of investigation.
Women who stayed less than six months in facilities such as the Tuam Mother and Baby home and those resident after 1974 are now set to be included.
With thousands of potential beneficiaries, it’s believed that the scheme could cost up to €800 million.
Minister Roderic O’Gorman is expected to seek Cabinet approval for the redress plan in the coming weeks and according to the Irish Times, the scheme will now include women who spent less than six months in the homes and those resident after 1974.
Plans to broaden the scheme follow controversy over the findings of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
In its January report, the commission recommended women who spent lengthy periods in mother and baby homes before 1974 should be considered for redress.
It also said women who were in county homes, the Tuam home and those who worked outside the institutions without pay should be eligible.
Minister O’ Gorman stated earlier this year that he hopes to open the redress scheme to applications as soon as possible in 2022.