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Terms of reference set for DNA sampling at former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam

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It comes as Tuam Home Survivors Network has called on the government to press ahead with the sampling as many survivors are ageing or have health issues

The terms of reference have been set for an examination of legal options regarding DNA sampling in connection with the former Mother and Baby Home at Tuam.

The purpose of collecting samples would be to compare against any DNA profiles which may be generated from the juvenile human remains found at the site and, if possible, to make positive identifications.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr Katherine Zappone, requested Dr Geoffrey Shannon to consider what actions may be possible under existing laws following a call from the Tuam Home Survivors’ Network.

The terms of reference set out to collect biological samples for comparison purposes.

It will also examine the extent to which any relevant family rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights might apply.

Finally, the terms also set out to how best to ensure that the rights of those who wish to give biological samples could be safeguarded in respect of sensitive personal data and informed consent.

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Public meeting in Ballinasloe to discuss concerns about waste facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting about a controversial licence for a waste facility in Ballinasloe will take place next week. (26/8)

It’s being organised by the ‘Ballinsloe Says No’ campaign group to discuss environmental and health concerns in relation to the planned waste facility.

Last year, the High Court overturned a decision by the county council granting the waste permit, however a new application for a licence has now been submitted.

The meeting will take place in Gullanes Hotel in Ballinasloe next Monday evening at 7 o’ clock.

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Over €50 thousand worth of Cannabis seized in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than 50 thousand euro worth of cannabis plants have been seized in Gort.

The drugs were found when Gardaí searched a house in the area earlier today.

No further details are available, but no arrests have yet been made and investigations are ongoing.

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Traffic delays expected in Oranmore following major watermain burst

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists are being advised to expect traffic delays in Oranmore this evening following a major watermain burst in the village.

Crews are currently working at the site of the burst at the Maldron Hotel and it’s expected the works will take a number of hours to complete.

Residents in the immediate area are being advised they may be without water until late tonight.

Traffic management measures are currently in place.

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