Galway Bay fm newsroom – A United States Mayor says he’s proud that two city men are responsible for the foundation of the city at the “centre of Silicon Valley”.
Mayor of Menlo Park in California, Peter Otaki is on a three-day visit to Galway.
It follows the signing of a friendship agreement between his city and Galway during a visit to California by Mayor Padraig Conneely in October.
Menlo Park in California celebrated its 150th anniversary when two emigrants from Menlo in Galway, Denis Oliver and Daniel McGlynn settled over there.
During his trip today, Mayor Otaki is visiting Menlo National School, Menlo Castle and a traditional thatched cottage.
He’ll also visit Dangan Business Park and meet President of NUIG, Jim Browne on the campus, before a reception at City Hall at 5.30p.m.
Tomorrow he will walk around the Continental Christmas Market in Eyre Square and visit St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church and Claddagh Ring House.
On Sunday morning at 9.30 he will attend mass in Coolough church before unveiling a special plaque at Menlo pier at 11am in honour of the two emigrants.
Mayor Otaki says he’s excited that people in his city can appreciate their heritage in Galway.
Civil liberties group argues Mother and Baby Home redress scheme must be broadened
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has said the Mother and Baby Homes redress scheme must be significantly broadened to include all survivors.
In a submission to the Oireachtas Children’s Committee, the human rights organisation said the scheme is based on a deeply flawed report that did not properly address the human rights abuses that occurred in all institutions involved in forced family separations.
The group further argues that the proposed redress scheme excludes some categories of survivors, denies legal aid and forces survivors to sign a legal waiver, diluting their right to access justice.
It’s estimated the scheme will cover 34,000 survivors from an estimated 58,000.
The group argues this will potentially leave up to 24,000 survivors without adequate compensation.
The Mother and Baby Homes Commission report published in 2021 identified 2,219 women who were admitted to the Tuam home, when it was first in Glenamaddy from 1921 to 1925, and in Tuam from 1925 to 1961.
ICCL’s Communications Manager is Sinéad Nolan – she says the injustice of being excluded from the scheme is particularly acute for children who were boarded out or who spent less than six months in an institution.
Applause in Dáil as Taoiseach receives message from Ukrainian students at Galway Community College
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a round of applause in the Dáil this afternoon after the Taoiseach was read a letter from Ukrainian students attending school in Galway.
The students from Galway Community College were in attendence in the public gallery to hear Deputy Noel Grealish deliver their message.
Deputy Grealish took the opportunity during questions on promised legislation.
GRETB Mervue training centre now offering 70 apprenticeship courses
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The GRETB is to host an open day at it’s training centre in Mervue on Thursday.
The event is part of European Vocational Skills Weeks, which showcases the best of vocational education opportunities at institutions across the continent.
The Mervue centre offers a wide range of full and part-time courses as well as apprenticeships in fields including BioPharma, Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Finance, Healthcare, Recruitment, Insurance, Logistics and Hospitality.
The open day will take place at the centre on Thursday – further information is available at EventBrite.ie and registration is required.
Area Training Manager Ken Farragher says there are 70 apprenticeships on offer across a growing range of industries – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour