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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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Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.

Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.

40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.

Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:

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Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.

Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.

Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.

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Councillor organises cross border information clinic in Castledaly for HSE waiting list patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gort-Kinvara area councillor Geraldine Donohue has organised an information clinic for today for people who are on the HSE Waiting List and looking for faster treatment or surgery in Northern Ireland.

The Independent councillor is calling it a Cross Broder Clinic as it will be attended by representatives from Kingsbridge Hospital Belfast

The information clinic is being held at St Thomas GAA Club in Castledaly in Loughrea today from 9.30am to 4.30pm

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