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Sign-ons at city social welfare office excused as HSA investigation continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway social welfare recipients who are due to sign on at the central office on Augustine Street today are being advised to reschedule.

The Department of Social Protection says all such cases will be excused today and any other appointments will be rescheduled to a later date.

The temporary office closure follows a tragic accident at the multi-storey building yesterday after which a three year old Nigerian boy died.

Solomon Soremekun (pron: Sorr-emm-e-koon) died after he became trapped in the lift shaft at the office at Hynes Building.

It’s understood he was with his mother and at least two other siblings at the building at around 3p.m when the incident occurred.

The family had moved from Dublin to Galway just after Christmas.

The scene remains sealed off this lunchtime to facilitate an examination by Health and Safety Authority officers.

Two separate investigations are underway led by the Gardaí and the HSA – into how the boy could have gained access to the lift shaft.

Pastor with the Faith Christian Fellowship church in Galway Larry Ovie told Galway Talks that the family is in everyone’s prayers.

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Gort highlighted in report raising concern over long-running boil water notices

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report raising concerns about the number of long-running boil water notices nationwide has highlighted Gort as a prime example.

The boil-water notice in the South Galway town was in place for four and a half months and affected almost 3 thousand residents.

A new report from the Water Advisory Body – which was set up to monitor and improve Irish Water – notes a “disappointing trend” with regards long-running water notices.

It further notes concerns in other areas, including a drop in the number of areas designated for priority works by Irish Water.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Michelle Minihan of the WAB also says their customer service is another area of concern.

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Large parts of North Galway to face water outages today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of North Galway will face water disruptions today due to repair works on a major leak.

Crews are working to address a significant leak on the water main at Carheens, Belclare.

There will be disruption to a large area including Kilconly West, Ballyfruit, Garraun, Liss, Logawannia, Annaghdown, Corrandulla, Headford and Crosswood.

Works are now underway – with disruptions expected to last until 7 this evening.

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Galway information event on hosting Ukrainians families this Thursday (18/08)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An information event on hosting Ukrainians families will take place at NUI Galway this Thursday.

The event will cover what is involved in hosting refugees, the supports available and how to sign up and pledge accommodation.

Recent CSO figures found 2,790 refugess have arrived in the county in total.

The information session takes place from 7 to 8:30PM at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society Building, Upper Newcastle Road.

It is presented by Ukrainians help Ukrainians Galway, Association of Ukrainians in Ireland, The Irish Red Cross, Doras, Irish Refugee Council and Nasc.

Registation is free and can be done on eventbrite.ie.

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