Patricia Burke Brogan at the sculpture by Mick Wilkins to the Magdalene women at Forster Street in Galway city early last year. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Patricia Burke Brogan didn’t expect to be on any invitation list during the Taoiseach’s speedy sprint around Galway 10 days ago. With school-opening,(...)

Independent councillor and former mayor of Galway Catherine Connolly. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Sofa surfing” and tourist hostels are becoming the refuge for Galway’s “hidden homeless”, according to the Cope homeless and domestic violence refug(...)

John Concannon and Jacquie Horan of Cope Galway accept the keys to the former laundry building from Sr Elizabeth Manning and Sr Caitlin Conneely of the Sisters of Mercy. Photograph: Joe Travers

A former Magdalene Laundry building is to become a new refuge for domestic abuse sufferers. The building, located on Forster Street in Ga(...)