Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s report on the public consultation over the future of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site is a ‘worthless mechanism’ to delay and subvert the wishes of survivors.
That’s the reaction of the Tuam Home Survivors Network – which says the actions of Minister Katherine Zappone to date have done nothing but distract and obstruct the process.
A public consultation on the future of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site at Athenry Road ended in March – and the findings were published on Friday.
The consultation, carried out by the County Council on behalf of Minister Katherine Zappone, revealed a polarised opinion on the future of the site.
Former residents of the home, as well as their families, expressed a preference for a full forensic excavation of the site along with DNA analysis.
However, local residents are largely advocating that the remains should not be disturbed and it should become a site of memorial instead.
In a statement to Galway Bay FM News, the Tuam Home Survivors Network now says the so-called consultative process is entirely worthless.
They claim it’s just a crudely designed mechanism to delay or prevent what clearly needs to be done.
The group believes the only moral and legal way to deal with the reality of the site is for an inquest to be convened and a full excavation ordered.
It also states that as far as forensic science will allow, efforts should be made to establish the causes of death in the hundreds of children buried there.
The Tuam Home Survivors Network adds that to date, Minister Katherine Zappone has done nothing but distract from – and obstruct – that process.
It adds that Minister Zappone is furthering a myth that she and the Government have power over the future of the site – when it is the Coroner for North Galway Dr. Val Costello who has jurisdiction.
City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)
The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.
The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.
The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.
It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.
Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.
Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.
They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.
In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.
Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.
The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.
Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.
He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.
Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.
To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.