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Minister says complex issues need resolving before future of Tuam Mother and Baby Home can be decided

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Former residents of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home have expressed a preference for a full forensic excavation of the site along with DNA analysis.
The finding follows a public consultation on how to commemorate the hundreds of children and babies who were buried at the site.
A report has today been released on the consultation carried out by the County Council on behalf of Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone.
It also found that local residents are largely advocating for a memorial and not to disturb the remains.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says a number of complex legal and operational issues require further consideration before a proposal can be brought to government on the future of the site.
Earlier this year, the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes set out five possible options on how best to deal with infant remains at the site of the former home in Tuam.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.

The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.

The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.

However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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