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Ballinasloe teenager jailed for shed fire

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Ballinasloe teenager, who along with others, set fire to a shed has been sentenced to five years in prison with the final 18 months suspended.

19-year-old Stephen Shaughnessy from Dundonnell, Taughmaconnell, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

He pleaded guilty to starting the fire in the shed at the rear of a house in Creagh, Ballinasloe, on August 29th, 2012.

Stephen Shaughnessy is already serving two years of a five-year sentence imposed on him last March for setting fire to a house in Creagh in 2012.

The court heard Shaughnessy met other teenagers in a field in Creagh that afternoon and later that night they went into the shed and lit a fire in a wooden box and sat around it for a while on couches.

The fire raged and they doused it with coke to quell it before leaving.

The shed subsequently burnt to the ground at a cost of €50,000 along with €9,000 worth of props belonging ot Ballinasloe Musical Society.

Hearing Shaughnessy had 50 previous convictions, including one for burning wheelie bins, and reading a negative probation report, Judge Sean O’Donnabhain said nobody seemed to be getting through to the troubled teen.

He imposed a five-year sentence for this latest arson but suspended the final 18 months on condition Shaughnessy come under the supervision of the probation service on his release.

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Galway Rowers qualify for Olympic Final

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway Rowers Aifric Keogh from Furbo and Fiona Murtagh from Moycullen along with team mates Emily Hegarty and Eimear Lambe have qualified for the Olympic Women’s Fours Final following a stunning heat performance in the early hours of this morning.

Lining up against the World Champions Australia and previous World Finalists the United States, Romania and Denmark, the Irish girls, going from Lane two, found themselves in a head to head with the Australians from the start with the two boats putting a massive distance between themselves and the other three.

As the race progressed, little separated the two leaders with Australia winning the heat in a new Olympic best time of 6.28.76 with Ireland second Just 0.23 behind in a time of 6.28.99.

Both teams were inside the previous Olympic Best of 6.33.47.

Ireland now goes into the Olympic Final at 1.50am on Wednesday Morning.

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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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