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Mother and Baby Homes Commission seeks extension to finish final report

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation is to seek an extension of one year before publishing its final report.
It’s understood the request is as a result of the significant workload involved in investigating homes – including the one in Tuam – over several decades.
The Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation was established in 2015 following revelations by local historian Catherine Corless that 796 children are buried at the site of the former home in Tuam.
The task of the commission is to examine the records and practices at the home, as well as more than two dozen other institutions around the country.
It’s now seeking an extension of one year before publishing it’s final report, which was due next month after being granted a similar extension last year.
According to the Irish Times, the request is a result of the workload involved in investigating the homes over the period from 1922 to 1998.
An interim report published by the commission in 2017 said that ‘significant’ quantities of human remains were discovered in a number of underground chambers at the Tuam site.
It’s expected the extension request on the publication of the final report will be discussed at Cabinet level next week.

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File for DPP after Garda drug seizure in east of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following a drug seizure in the east of the city.

Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises on the east side of the Galway city yesterday (May 25).

Quantities of suspected cannabis, cocaine and MDMA, with a combined value of 13,000 euro were seized in the course of the search, along with €2,330 in cash.

A man in his 20’s was arrested at the scene.

He was detained for questioning under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, at the North Western HQ, on the Dublin Road.

The man has since been released and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

All of the drugs seized will now be sent for further analysis.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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