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Report says it’s legally possible to collect DNA samples for Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors and relatives

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It would be lawfully possible to collect DNA samples from survivors and relatives of the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, according to a new report.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone has published a report from Dr Geoffrey Shannon’s investigation into the issue.

The minister commissioned the report last February, shortly after calls for the state to begin collecting DNA samples immediately in light of the age and declining health of many survivors.

Dr Shannon says there’s no reason, in principle, why an appropriate administrative scheme could not be established.

But he says it’s not clear whether it would possible to generate profiles from juvenile human remains that would match family members.

Minister Zappone says she hopes to develop a voluntary administrative scheme in the coming months.

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Galway students to join global protest in call for action on climate change

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Students from across Galway will gather at Eyre Square tomorrow in a call for action on climate change (20th).

The protest will get underway at 1pm and will include a climate march of school strikers to the Spanish Arch.

This is one of a series of worldwide school strikes this year with a demonstration in March attracting 1.5 million protestors globally.

The ‘Fridays for Future’ movement began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks.

Tomorrow’s protest comes just three days before the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

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Galway medtech Bluedrop Medical set to expand after securing €3.7m in funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway based medical device start-up Bluedrop Medical is set to expand after securing €3.7m.

The company is based at the Innovation Hub at GMIT and is developing a product to help manage one of the complications of diabetes – the diabetic foot.

An initial seed investment of €1.2M was led by HBAN’s MedTech Syndicate – which itself invested €340K in the seed round.

Enterprise Ireland and the Western Development Commission also invested in the funding round along with other members of the investment community.

A €2.5M grant was also awarded through the European Innovation Council.

The firm is set to hire 10 people in the areas of software development, quality and regulatory affairs, clinical trial management and commercial strategy development.

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Sinn Fein leader says concerns in Oughterard over direct provision are legitimate

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The Sinn Fein leader says concerns by residents in Oughterard over the direct provision system are legitimate.

Several hundred people have been peacefully picketing at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel, outside the town, since earlier this week, over fears it may be turned into a direct provision centre.

The group argues that Oughterard does not have the infrastructure or services in place to deal with a large influx of asylum seekers to the area.

Mary Lou McDonald argues the direct provision system has been disastrous.

She has also stated that Independent TD Noel Grealish should withdraw alleged controversial comments regarding African migrants while attending a public meeting this week.

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