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City man jailed for robbery using force against teenage boy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A father of six, who robbed his neighbour’s house, putting their terrified 14-year-old son on his knees and threatening to kill him, has been sentenced to four years in prison with the final year suspended.
40-year-old Martin Sweeney, with addresses at 175 Castlepark, Ballybane, and more recently at Clareview Park, Ballybane, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
He pleaded guilty to the robbery of a cash box containing €30 from a neighbour’s house on November 20th, 2009, and to using force to commit the theft.
In a victim impact statement read out in court, the young victim said he had just come in from school and was alone in the house watching television and eating sweets when he heard a noise in the kitchen.
He was then confronted by two masked men.
The accused, who was very aggressive, grabbed him and pushed him to his knees.
He held what the boy thought was a gun to the back of his head and threatened to kill him.
In actual fact, Sweeney had poked his finger into the back of the boy’s head, making him believe it was a gun.
The boy said he was trembling with fear and thought he was going to die.
The men left with a box containing €30 and the boy contacted his parents.
Sweeney’s car was used to commit the crime and he was arrested.
After the incident, the now 19-year old victim, suffered a breakdown and could not go to school for a month.
His grades went down hill and he could no longer socialise as he used to.
The court heard that the accused had two previous convictions, one for theft and another for robbery in 1998.
Defence barrister, Conal McCarthy said his client had not reoffended since this incident and his wife now kept a studious eye on him.
Sweeney apologised to the teenager in court and had brought €500 as a token of his remorse.
Imposing sentence, Judge Thomas O’Donnell said this had been a violent, premeditated robbery which had made a severe psychological impact on the young boy.
He put a stay on the execution of the custody warrant to June 9th to give Sweeney time to put arrangements in place for his absence from the family home, due to the nature of his youngest child’s medical condition.
The delay was granted on Sweeney’s undertaking to present himself at Galway Garda station at 12 noon on June 9th, from where he will be brought to Castlerea Prison to begin his sentence of four years with the final year suspended.
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78 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, nationally 1335 cases and 54 deaths

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Galway Bay newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 54 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 

50 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-96 years. 

There has been a total of 3,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 26th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 191,182* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 618 are men / 711 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 43 years old
  • 437 in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household. The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths.”

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

ENDS//

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 191,182 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

  • 7 Day Incidence is 249.7
  • 5-day moving average is 1,383

Today’s cases, 5 day moving average ,14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 26 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 26Jan2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 26Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)
Ireland1,3351,383674.232,103
Monaghan52421399.3859
Louth61681044.31,346
Carlow3024913.4520
Waterford4949885.71,029
Dublin437457788.310,621
Wexford2250759.41,137
Mayo3441757988
Limerick6155728.61,420
Meath7164701.91,369
Cavan2520682.6520
Donegal4842656.41,045
Offaly2735643.9502
Cork114137634.63,445
Kildare54495951,324
Galway7861574.31,482
Laois1617557.3472
Tipperary2934555.3886
Clare2422504.1599
Wicklow3126436621
Sligo614398.3261
Kilkenny1014374.9372
Westmeath2218367.2326
Longford1310347.4142
Kerry1420347.3513
Roscommon<56336.2217
Leitrim55271.587

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

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Public information meeting to discuss new cross-city bus link

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public information meeting will take place online tomorrow to discuss a proposed new cross-city bus link.

It would provide a new public transport corridor linking the west and east of the city.

Tomorrow’s meeting will provide information on the BusConnects Galway Cross-City link, which would run from University Road to the Dublin Road.

It’ll be a public transport corridor linking the western and eastern suburbs, through the city centre.

The project, funded through the NTA, aims to connect homes with places of work, study, retail and recreation, with improve public transport journey times and reliability.

It envisions the creation of high-quality public spaces, new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities, and priority for public transport, making it easier to move through the city.

Tomorrow’s meeting is organised by Galway Chamber in association with Galway City Council – and aims to provide an insight into the scheme and the outcomes it will bring for businesses in the city.

The online meeting will take place tomorrow morning between 9.30 and 11am – further information can be found at Galwaychamber.com.

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NUIG announces first university partnership in Ireland aimed at building leadership skills

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced a new partnership with LIFT Ireland that is the first of its kind in the country, aimed at building leadership skills across third level institutions.

LIFT Ireland is a non-profit initiative to raise the level of leadership nationwide through the development of key leadership qualities and skills.

It provides training to a wide range of groups – ranging from multi-national corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations and individuals.

The programme is delivered through roundtable sessions, which focus on key leadership values, such as honesty, competence, accountability, empathy, respect and positive attitude.

Today’s announcement of the parternship between NUI Galway and LIFT will see more than 200 staff and students trained as facilitators by April.

These facilitators will then go on to help train a further 1,500 staff and students at NUI Galway in leadership skills throughout the year.

These students at NUI Galway who availed of the pilot scheme last year share their experience of the leadership training.

NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh says the new partnership will play an important role in cementing NUI Galway’s position as a leading university – for more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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