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Rural Social Schemes for Athenry and Gort at risk

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Planned new Rural Social Schemes for Athenry and Gort are set to be scrapped due to a lack of funding for supervisors.
That’s according to Galway East Deputy Anne Rabbite, who says a recent allocation of new spaces to Galway Rural Development is a positive step foward.
However, she says the Department of Social Protection has not made any allowances for supervisors needed for new schemes.
Deputy Rabbitte says this means planned schemes for Gort and Athenry cannot go ahead and additional spaces will instead be given to existing schemes.
It’s after a number of Galway TD’s contributed to a Dáil debate in recent weeks on working conditions for RSS supervisors.
The chamber heard that the position is underpaid and under-appreciated and there are long-running issues over pension contributions and entitlements.
Fianna Fail Deputy Rabbitte says Rural Social Schemes make enormous contributions to local communities.
She also says an additional supervisor would cost the Department very little – and existing supervisors are completely under-valued.

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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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