Taoiseach says mother and baby home issue is broader than just Tuam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach says the Cabinet will today decide the “best way to proceed” in the wake of the mother and baby home issue.
Enda Kenny says the issue is “much broader” than the Bons Secours home in Tuam, where almost 800 infants and young children are thought to have died.
Children’s Minister Charlie Flanagan will make a presentation to his colleagues on an inter-departmental examination of facts about the homes.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny says a decision will be made today on how to move forward.
Meanwhile the Public Expenditure Minister says any investigation into the homes is as “robust” as possible.
Brendan Howlin says forced adoptions and vaccine trials must be included in whatever action is taken by Government.
Athenry’s Bia Innovator Campus one of 17 agri-food tourism projects to receive national funding
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry is one of 17 agri-food tourism projects to receive national funding.
The innovation centre at Teagasc aims to host 40 food companies and create hundreds of jobs and trainee places over the coming years.
It is receiving €25,000 under the Rural Innovation and Development Fund, announced by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue.
Galway public urged to report Otter spottings
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Have you spotted an otter lately?
If so, the National Parks and Wildlife Service wants to know!
It’s launching a new National Otter Survey, that’ll examine over 900 sites nationwide, including rivers, lakes and the coast.
Members of the public are asked to keep their eyes peeled and add their sightings to the national survey.
Further information can be found at BiodiversityIreland.ie.
Dr. Karina Dingerkus says Ireland can be considered a European stronghold for Otters.
Salmon Weir Fishery to close due to high water temperatures
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland has announced it is suspending salmon angling at Salmon Weir Fishery due to high water temperatures.
It says the recent hot and dry weather has caused water temperatures to exceed the 20 degree threshold over a number of days.
Freshwater fish such as salmon and trout can suffer ‘thermal stress’ due to the impact of warm weather.
In a statement, IFI says both Salmon Weir Fishery and Moy Fishery in Ballina will now close until further notice.
Barry Fox is Head of Operations at Inland Fisheries Ireland and has been speaking to David Nevin.