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Minister Zappone says the past needs to be addressed by fully finding out what happened in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The site of the former mother and baby home in Tuam is to be fully excavated and forensically examined.
The government decided a full excavation was the best way forward at its cabinet meeting this morning.

A forensic examination will aim to identify the remains of all children buried at the site in Tuam.
Arrangements for reburial or memorialisation of those children will then be arranged.
Niamh McCullagh is a Forensic Archaeologist, and says it will be difficult to identify the remains through DNA testing.
The cost of the project is expected to be between 6 and 13 million euro.
Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone says she wrote to the Bons Secours nuns, who have offered to pay some of the costs of the excavation.
The Minister says she can’t give a timeline for when work will start as legislation needs to be passed to allow it to happen.
The Department also can’t say how many children’s remains may be located at the site until work begins.

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Tuam student wins award for outstanding business and accounting Leaving Cert results

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The inaugural N17 Plaza Business Award has been presented to University of Galway student, Eimhin Mulligan.

The award, exclusive to St Jarlath’s College in Tuam, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers related to business.

Eimhin, who did the Leaving Cert last year, excelled in both business and accounting exams

He’s now studying for a Commerce Degree at University of Galway.

Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, presented the cash prize and a plaque at a function at the secondary school campus in Tuam

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanala over apartment block at Ballymoneen Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against approval for an apartment development at Ballymoneen Road.

The project, led by Crescent Co. Ownership, would include 17 apartments in a mix of single and two-bed units.

The three-story building would be located on a site near the existing Portacarron estate and the Western Distributor Road junction.

The plans were given the green light by city planners earlier this month.

An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala – with a decision due in May.

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New care programme for older people launched at embattled Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new care programme for older people has been launched at Clifden District Hospital.

The clinic aims to cater to those with complex health and social care needs in their own community.

The new clinic comes amid long-running local concerns on the future of the hospital, difficulty in recruiting staff, and the downgrading of services.

The First Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons – or ICPOP – is a one-stop shop for those with complex health and social care needs.

It aims to shift the delivery of care away from acute hospitals towards community based, planned and co-ordinated care.

The team will work closely with local GP’s and Primary Care staff, in line with the vision for Sláintecare.

Galway Bay fm news contacted the HSE for comment, but was told no-one was available at this time to discuss the new clinic.

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