Galway chair for Gaza
The Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway has welcomed the appointment of its Honorary Chairman, Professor William Schabas, to a new UN Commission of Inquiry.
The independent commission of inquiry will investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and particularly in the Gaza Strip, since the conflict began on June 13. Professor Schabas will head up the three-person commission.
Student road safety
Leaving Cert students in the West will find a road safety message included in their results envelope, urging them to drive safely.
The safety message is being included in the envelopes of all students in Galway and Mayo.
Road safety professionals in the West said yesterday that, after the stress and tension of the exams, it was understandable that the students would want to celebrate and let off steam. The leaflet being distributed carries statistical information about the implications of speeding and the likelihood of accidents among the 17 to 25 age group.
Aran ferry tender
Expressions of interest are being sought for the operation of a passenger ferry between the Aran Islands and the mainland.
The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has advertised the contract, which will also include a connecting road transport service to and from Galway city.
The contract term will commence in November and run until the end of October 2017. The deadline for all interested bids is Monday, August 18.
SOME 150,000 pilgrims from all over the country are expected to head West this week to begin nine consecutive days of special prayers and services at the Basilica of Our Lady of Knock in Co Mayo.
This year's theme will be 'witness to hope' and will focus on honouring the 15 people who the faithful believe witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint John the Evangelist at the south gable of Knock Parish Church in 1879. The theme also highlights prayers for the renewal of the Church in Ireland. The novena will include daily Mass, prayer sessions, seminars and workshops. The event runs from Thursday, August 14 to Friday August 22.