Galway bay fm newsroom – A man who raped a woman, he met in Gort, has been sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison with the final 3 and a half years suspended.
47 year-old Thomas Egan from Kilmihill, Co. Clare was convicted last May of raping the 23 year old woman at a house in Tipperary in July 2010.
According to today’s Irish Times, the court heard that father-of-four, Egan approached the woman from Brazil on a street in Gort and asked her to clean his house.
He drove her to a house in Tipperary and outlined cleaning tasks for her.
Upstairs in the house he proceeded to rape her, though he claimed to Gardaí at the time that it was consensual.
The following day the woman made a complaint and returned to Brazil a short time later.
He offered 10 thousand euro in court to be forwarded to his victim.
Justice Barry White said he did not believe that the rape “had a profound psychological effect’ on the woman, based on the victim impact statement.
He said that the victim seems to be more interested in compensation.
However, he said Egan could not buy himself out of custodial sentence.
Justice White sentenced Egan to 7 and a half years in prison with the final 3 and a half years suspended.
3 percent drop in job vacancies across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway recorded a 3 percent drop in job vacancies in the 4th quarter of last year.
That’s according to new figures from website IrishJobs.ie.
The research found that overall, job postings in Galway were down 13 percent during 2020.
That’s considerably better than the national average, which was 23 percent.
However, remote work vacancies nationwide did experience strong growth, increasing by 50 percent between the 3rd and 4th quarters last year.
While overall, remote working jobs are up by almost 2,000 percent since this time last year.
The most resilient sectors identified are healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and IT.
While the most vulnerable are tourism, travel and hospitality.
26 new cases in Galway, 1372 nationally and 7 further deaths
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
All of these deaths occurred in January.
The median age of those who died is 77 years and the age range is 43-94 years.
There has been a total of 2,977 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Sunday 24th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,372 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 188,923* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 616 are men / 751 are women
- 56% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 41 years old
- 502 in Dublin, 164 in Cork, 77 in Wexford, 75 in Waterford, 66 in Louth and the remaining 488 cases are spread across all other counties.
As of 2pm today, 1,905 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 219 are in ICU. 58 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 188,923 confirmed cases reflects this.
- 7 Day Incidence is 296.3
- 5-day moving average is 1,926
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Increase in Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been an increase in the number of people across Galway set to claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow.
Just over 25 thousand will receive the payment – that’s an increase of around 800 since this time last week.
Nationally, 475,000 will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week – a slight increase on the figure for last week.
The sector with the highest number of people receiving the payment this week is accommodation and food services, which accounts for over 111,500 people.
It comes following todays reports that 4 in 10 workers in Kerry, Donegal, Dublin, Louth, Wexford and Carlow are in receipt of state income supports.
While the figure for Galway stands at 20 percent.