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New pastoral plan allows for falling number of priests in Tuam archdiocese

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Archdiocese of Tuam is addressing the decreasing number of priests in parishes by launching a new Pastoral Plan.

This coming weekend the plan will be distributed at masses across Galway within the Archdiocese.

‘Journeying Together in Faith’ looks at various proposals, such as introducing a permanent diaconate (dee-ak-on-et).

It’s estimated that by 2020, the 55 parishes in the Archdiocese will be served by about 50 priests, 20 less than there are currently.

The grouping of parishes is also included in the plan such as one priest serving Williamstown and Glenamaddy.

Tuam Parish would go from three priests to two, while two priests living in Tuam would serve the Tuam parish and Killererin.

One priest would also serve the parishes of Mountbellew-Moylough and Menlough-Skehanagh.

Fr Tod Nolan who was part of the working group on the plan says it’s about ensuring most services still take place in parishes.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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