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Ahascragh man jailed for assault at Ros a Mhil pier

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Galway Bay Fm newsroom – A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison for hitting a man from Barna over the head with a wooden mallet during the Galway International Rally last year.
Jason McLoughlin, from Ballyglass, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe, appeared in custody before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
He pleaded guilty in March to assaulting the young man at Rossaveal Pier, causing him serious harm, in the early hours of February 3rd last year.
The court heard the victim was left with life-changing injuries and can no longer work as a butcher.
He had been watching boy racers perform “doughnuts” at Ros a Mhil Pier with his friends when he was struck on the head.
The court heard this was a totally unprovoked attack.
CCTV footage taken at the pier showed the accused take the mallet out of the boot of his car and hit the victim with force over the head for no reason.
He then drove off at speed and threw the mallet into the sea at Salthill and later discarded his jacket on the motorway as he drove home.
He was arrested at his home the following day and became visibly upset when Gardaí showed him the CCTV footage of the attack.
A victim impact statement read to the court by a Garda stated the victim continues to suffer from the effects of the assault which have totally changed his life.
Imposing a 5-year sentence, Judge Rory McCabe described the attack as “reckless, wanton, violent and unprovoked.”

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1,386 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1386* confirmed cases of COVID-19.  

As of 8am today, 106 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU. 

(*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.) 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This pandemic has provided a prime example of how easily misinformation can spread online, and many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading. This is known as misinformation and it started to spread about potential COVID-19 vaccines even before any had been developed. Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk. 

“All of us together can help to stop the spread of misinformation. Remember not every post on social media is reliable or accurate – if you are not sure, then don’t share. 

“In Ireland we are fortunate to have very high levels of vaccine confidence with fantastic uptake across all age groups to date. Of course, many people will have questions about their vaccine but it is important that they access accurate and reliable information in order to get these questions answered. Do not rely on unsubstantiated information shared online. Instead go to trusted sources including hse.ie and gov.ie. GPs and healthcare professionals will also be able to answer any questions you may have when you go to your vaccine appointment.” 

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🎧 Call for City Council to reconsider Kirwan Junction “disaster”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are being urged to re-think the “disaster” that is the new Kirwan Junction.

That’s according to Councillor James Charity, who says the new layout is leading to unprecedented tailbacks.

He says he’s been innundated with calls from motorists who are caught in kilometres long tailbacks approaching the junction to access the N84.

Councillor Charity argues the design of the new junction severely limits access to the N84 and the current delays cannot be entirely explained by light sequencing or teething issues.

He also points out that some local roads in the Killoughter area are now under pressure as they’re being used as “rat runs” to avoid the junction

Councillor Charity believes the junction is not fit for purpose and needs urgent re-assessment:

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Plans to be lodged for new fire station in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new fire station in Athenry are expected to be lodged today. (23/7)

That’s according to Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn, who says the long-awaited facility will replace the current sub-standard base at Clarke Street.

The new three bay facility will be constructed on a site at Ballygurrane South on the edge of the town.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says a Part 8 planning application set to be lodged this afternoon is the culmination of years of hard work.

And she says the local fire crew are a huge asset to the local community…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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