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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A judge has dismissed a personal injury claim by a Galway man stating that it’s the kind of case that brings the whole system of personal injuries claims into disrepute.

The whiplash type case was taken by Desmond McDonagh from Headford Road over an accident at Galway Shopping Centre in November 2013.

Desmond McDonagh claimed that a transport truck, being driven by James Dominick Dent, reversed into his car while it was stationery on November 9th 2013 at Galway Shopping Centre.

Mr. Dent denied the claim and said Desmond McDonagh had driven his car into the truck.

Judge Michael Twomey said a week after the accident Desmond McDonagh went to his GP and it was recorded that he had a good range of movement in his neck and back.

Four years later, he told a doctor for the truck driver’s insurers, that he had had a heart attack and the injury ruined his life.

According to today’s Irish Times, he sued for whiplash-type injuries and damage to his car in the Circuit Court but the case was thrown out as being fraudulent.

He appealed that decision to the High Court.

In the High Court, Judge Twomey did not accept the evidence relating to McDonagh’s claims of personal injury but he was satisfied that the truck reversed into the car.

He awarded Desmond McDonagh just over 2 thousand euro for the damage to his car but told him he would have to pay his own court costs, which would most likely be greater than the award.

The judge added that claims such as this, for alleged life changing injuries from minor accidents, bring the whole system of personal injuries claims into disrepute.

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304 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening.

47 coronavirus patients are in hospital, with 13 in intensive care.

210 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Ireland so far.

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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.

Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.

However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.

Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.

At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.

They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.

They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.

For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.

Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.

However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.

It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.

Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.

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