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New research challenges report stating NUI Galway paid for infant remains from Tuam Mother and Baby Home

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New research has challenged a report which found that NUI Galway paid for 35 infant remains from Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

It comes as the university launched its Tuam Oral History Project last evening, which documents the lived-experiences of survivors of the home.

The fifth interim report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation found that the university’s medical school “received and paid for 35 infant anatomical subjects”.

However, new research led by Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and Dr Lorraine Grimes at NUI Galway found that the infants could not have come from the Tuam institution.

It also found that there were nine infant remains, not 35.

A full report is expected to be published in September, according to the Irish Times.

The university is inviting the public to submit ideas on how to commemorate and honour the infants.

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Publicans from across Galway West to hold city meeting over delayed reopening

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Publicans from across the city and Galway West will gather this evening to discuss their concerns regarding the sector’s delayed reopening.

Pubs that do not serve food must remain closed until at least until 31st August 2020.

Campaigners argue this means 3,500 pubs employing 25,000 people across the country will have been unable to trade by Government order for a minimum of 168 days or 46% of a year.

The Galway West branch of the the Vintners Federation of Ireland has approximately 200 members.

The meeting will take place in the Ardialun Hotel at Taylor’s Hill at 6pm.

It follows a meeting of the Galway East branch in Milltown earlier this week where a clear pathway to reopening was called for as well as a weekly support package for pubs that have been forced to remain closed.

Tom Mc Donagh is Chair of the Galway West branch of the VFI.

He says off licenses should have their opening hours reduced in order to discourage house parties

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Progress in plan to develop audiology testing facility at Tuam primary care centre

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There has been progress in the plan to develop audiology testing facility at Tuam primary care centre.

Galway East TD Seán Canney says the tender process is progressing for the facility.

The Independent Deputy has also received confirmation that community audiology services in Tuam which were suspended in March due to COVID-19 will recommence this month.

Deputy Canney argues Tuam Primary Care Centre should be delivering many more health facilities to serve Tuam and North Galway.

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City councillor calls on local authority to act on illegal camping at Ballyloughane beach

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A Galway city councillor has called on the city council to take action against illegal campers at Ballyloughane beach.

Cllr Alan Cheevers says an illegal encampment of tents appeared over night on the city beach, with locals raising concerns over health and safety.

The Fianna Fail councillor says residents of Ballyloughane have a right to feel safe in their area, as the country continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Cheevers says the beach does not have the proper facilities to support campers and the issue must be tackled before it escalates further.

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