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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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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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Funding awarded for community facilities across Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Funding has been awarded to a range of community groups across Galway to help them sustain and improve facilities in their local areas.

The funding of €143 thousand has been approved by the alway County Local Community Development Committee – or LCDC.

A total of 72 projects will avail of the latest round of funding, with allocations ranging from several hundred to €10 thousand.

In some cases, the funds support physical development or refurbishment, while in others, they support the purchase of equipment or payment of utility bills.

Mountbellew Community Centre received the maximum allocation of €10 thousand for the replacement of damaged floors.

While Youth Work Ireland Galway also received the same amount for the development of youth facilities in Loughrea.

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