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Advance works on N59 at Letterfrack to get underway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Progress is being made on improving the N59 near Letterfrack.
Councillor Eileen Mannion say the Advanced Work Contract has been signed for the advance works on the approach to Letterfrack village.
It’s the first step towards widening the road which has been described as a ‘bottleneck’ in the area.
Councillor Mannion says the advance works will begin this month which will include the contractor clearing the site, removing all scrub and fencing the site.
The full scheme will go to tender early next year.

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NPHET records 11 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide, while no new deaths reported.

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) today.

There has been a total of 1,746 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday 12th July, the HPSC has been notified of 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 25,638* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Over the past 14 days, the total number of confirmed cases notified to the HPSC is 165. Of which;

  • Males 41% / Females 59%
  • Median age is 31 years old; 74% of these cases were under 45 years of age
  • 20 counties reported new cases; Dublin 47%, Kildare 16% & Wicklow 6%
  • 12% of these cases were travel related

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Our research shows that 38% of the population now believe the worst of the pandemic is ahead of us. This does not have to be the case. Simple measures like hand washing, physical distancing, face coverings in appropriate settings, cough/sneeze etiquette and watching out for symptoms are the crucial elements in suppressing COVID-19.”

Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, said; “Almost 1.25 million people in Ireland have downloaded the COVID App. That represents 34% of the adult population. This has already served as a support to contact tracers. If you have not done so to date, please download the app.”

Dr Siobhan Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead, HSE; “As we see more cases and clusters emerge it is important that anyone experiencing symptoms isolates and contacts their GP. The aim is to find all cases of COVID-19 in Ireland and to isolate and contact trace them. Early reporting of symptoms and prompt testing helps us achieve this.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 confirmed case. The figure of 25,638 reflects this.

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Suspended sentence for Galway man convicted of sexual assault of child

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A Galway man who abused the son of a woman he had met through a dating website has avoided a jail term on condition that he stays away from children for 10 years.

The 45-year-old man, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of the child, met the victim’s mother through the website PlentyOfFish. He began exchanging messages and phone calls on a daily basis with her before he befriended her then 10-year-old son on Facebook.

Paul Hyland reports:
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Garda John Doherty told Fionnuala O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting, that the man travelled to the woman’s house in April 2013 and spent the weekend there before he visited the family again the following month.

It was during this second visit that he sexually assaulted the boy after he ended up sleeping in the woman’s bed with the child.

He initially denied the charge but pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court the day before his trial to sexual assault at the boy’s home in May 2013. He has two previous convictions for theft.

The now 16-year-old did not make a victim impact statement but his mother made one on his behalf, which was read into the record by Ms O’Sullivan. In it she stated that her son has difficulty trusting males which impacts on his ability to play sports.

Judge Melanie Greally had adjourned the case after hearing evidence in February 2019 and placed the man on a 12 month probation bond.

Today she sentenced him to 12 months in prison which she suspended in full on condition that he keep the peace and be of good behaviour for those 12 months.

Judge Greally imposed a second condition on the man that he have no unsupervised contact with children and that he not be in the immediate vicinity of a creche, school, playground or any private or public amenity where children may congregate, for 10 years.

She warned the man that if he were to break either of these two conditions he would be brought back before her and jailed for a year. The judge commented that she had to ‘put things in place to make sure the man is not a risk to society’.

Judge Greally took into account a probation report which outlined that the man has since attended 44 sessions of psychotherapy and is considered to be psychologically vulnerable.

She acknowledged that in terms of sexual offending, the crime itself was in the lower range but said it had serious implications for the victim and his mother.

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4,000 people in Galway close pandemic unemployment payment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

4 thousand people around Galway have closed their pandemic unemployment payment in the last week as the country begins the final week of Phase 3 of lifting restrictions.

18,800 people are still claiming the support in Galway, down from 22,800 last week.

Nationally, There’s been the largest drop in the number of people claiming the pandemic unemployment payment since it was established.

67,000 who were claiming the payment across the country last week are now back to work.

More than 345,000 people will be get the pandemic unemployment payment today at a cost of more than 100 million euro to the state.

But that’s significantly down on last week – with 67,300 fewer people seeking the PUP.

That’s the largest decrease since the payment was set up.

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said it’s welcome news.

She also hinted that the pandemic payment may be extended beyond its expiry date of August 10th.

Minister Humphreys is also bringing a memo to cabinet this afternoon that will address a hole in the legislation that meant anyone on the payment was not building up PRSI contributions.

This could have impacted their entitlements to maternity, paternity and illness payments as well as their pensions.

Legislation is being drafted to ensure all people on COVID support payments will continue to accrue social insurance contributions.

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