Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some of the women at the centre of a county Galway foster home abuse scandal have spoken out in a call for a further investigation into their case.
The women have waived their right to anonymity to name their abuser as 29 year old Keith Burke of Addergoolemore in Dunmore.
They will appear in an RTE Investigates report to be broadcast on Primetime tonight.
In recent weeks Keith Burke was sentenced after he was found guilty of raping the then three foster children between 2003 and 2007.
He was sentenced to seven and a half years for the rape charges.
The victims say they are distraught at what they see as the lenient sentence given to their abuser.
Concerns have also been raised about how the HSE responded to initial reports of the abuse.
The RTÉ Investigates report, Fostered and Failed, will be broadcast tonight on Prime Time.
Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry
Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.
There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.
A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.
Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.
The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.
The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.
However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.
Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.
He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.
But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.
Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.