Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach says he can’t force the religious orders to make a contribution to the redress scheme for those in the Magdalene laundries.
There were 10 Magdalene laundries in the Republic – the Sisters of Mercy ran the laundry at Forster Street in the city, which closed in 1984.
It’s after the four orders of Catholic nuns refused to contribute to the fund – which is expected to be between 34 and 58 million euro.
Enda Kenny’s told the Dáil he’s not going to get into a fight with the orders over the money as the survivors don’t have time on their side.
NUI Galway to launch partnership promoting culture, learning and research on islands and the west
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway will this morning launch a new partnership promoting the islands and the west as places of culture, learning and research.
It’s a joint partnership with Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inis Oirr.
This morning’s launch will see 21 uniquely decorated currachs placed on display on the NUI Galway campus as part of a special exhibition celebrating Culture Night.
It’ll showcase works by artists John Behan, Jennifer Cunningham, Ger Sweeney and Áine Philips.
The launch will take place at the Quad at NUI Galway this morning at 11am.
Jadotville veterans gather in Galway city for 60th anniversary of famous siege
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Veterans of the Siege of Jadotville will gather in Galway City later today to mark the 60th anniversary of the infamous Congo battle.
A small contingent of Irish troops serving as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo were besieged in the mining town of Jadotville on the 13th September 1961by Katangese forces.
The Irish soldiers resisted attacks for five days but were eventually forced to surrender and held as prisoners of war before being released.
A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden of Renmore Barracks this afternoon at 3pm to mark the 60th anniversary of the final day of the siege, with 8 Jadotville veterans expected to attend.
City councillors pave way for Aldi development at derelict site on Monivea Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years.
The site is a brownfield one that has previously been excavated, following the demolition of Comer Machinery in 2005.
German retailer Aldi has applied for planning permission on the site, however a considerable portion of the land that would be used for car parking is zoned industrial.
This means councillors have to approve the contravention of the Galway City Development Plan to allow it to be used for retail purposes.
At this week’s meeting of Galway City Council, there was widespread agreement that it was a very positive development, and the vote was passed unanimously in favour.
This mean the proposed development can go ahead in principle with no changes to the zoning of the land.
Aldi Ireland says it hopes to start construction in 2022, and to open the new €9 million store in Autumn 2023.
It says 30 new permanent jobs will be created when the store opens, while up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction phase.
Councillor Declan McDonnell says after being just a “hole in the ground” for almost 20 years, there’s now a huge opportunity for development.