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City rape trial adjourned due to jury problems

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The trial of a 40-year-old man who is charged with raping a schoolgirl in the city could not go ahead at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway today because only 15 people turned up for jury service.

Attempts were made by the court registrar to contact some people on the jury panel by phone but when this had failed by lunchtime, Mr Justice Barry White adjourned matters until tomorrow.

The judge apologised to the people who had turned up and blamed himself for misleading the jury panel which had turned out in great numbers last Tuesday for the trial of a Latvian man charged with the murder of another Latvian man.

He told the 15 people who turned up today that he should have simply instructed the rest of the jury panel to turn up today but at the time he discharged them on Tuesday of last week, he had believed the murder trial would still be going on this week.

As it happened, murder accused Sergejs Krause pleaded guilty last Thursday to a charge of manslaughter and the jury in that trial was discharged.

The judge apologised to the 15 people and asked them to attend court again tomorrow morning when it is hoped a jury will be empanelled to hear evidence in the rape trial.

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1491 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Wednesday 4 August, the National Public Health Emergency team is reporting 1,491* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 193 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Vaccination offers a real way out of this pandemic. The positive news is that take-up in Ireland is extremely high, which shows people understand the benefits for themselves and for their communities of getting vaccinated. Those with at least a first dose in the over 40s is over 90%, in the over 30s it is 84%, in the 18 to 29 year age group it is over 73%, and in the 16-17 year age group, it is over 46%. These figures continue to increase, and each person who has come forward should be commended.

“It’s understandable that after the period of time that COVID-19 has been with us, that some people become tired of it. But the virus does not become tired. It doesn’t care if we are fed up, it only sees the opportunity to spread from person to person when we let our guard down.

“Risk assess your plans this weekend. Remember that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, you should err on the side of caution and stay at home – do not meet up with others, and do not go to work. If you are an employer, remind your employees to continue working from home where possible for now, and not to attend work with any COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccines work, but they must also be supported by us all choosing to act as safely as possible.”

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Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics to open in Clifden and city this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend. (7/8)

The centres are open on Saturday to those aged 16 and over who have not yet received a first dose vaccine.

The Clifden centre is based at Clifden Community School, and will be in operation from 10am to 2pm.

Meanwhile, Ballybrit Vaccination Centre will be open for walk-in appointments on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The Saolta Hospital Group says last weekend proved a tremendous success for both centres, with over 800 people receiving first dose vaccinations.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • The Health Minister is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources as registration for COVID vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds will open next Thursday
  • Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend
  • Partners will be able to attend 12 week maternity scans and C-sections under new HSE guidance to be issued to hospitals tomorrow
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