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Clare man sentenced for rape of woman he met in Gort

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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.

 

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Efforts Intensify to Broker Peace Deal Among Feuding Factions Following Yesterday’s Violence in Tuam

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Tuam area councillors are calling on the leaders of the groups involved in yesterday’s violence in Tuam to come to the table for peace talks with community leaders in a bid to avoid any reprisals.

There’s been widespread reaction to the altercation which it’s believed is linked to an ongoing feud in the Galway town.

Up to 30 gardai accompanied by armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town with local Councillor Donagh Killilea stating that the violence which broke out later that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

Instead it’s believed yesterday’s incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking To Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks , Tuam Fine Gael Councillor Pete Roche says he is fearful of reprisals following yesterday’s violence.

Efforts have intensified today to broker a peace deal between the families involved in the Tuam feud.

It’s hoped those involved will meet with community leaders next week to avoid any further violence breaking out in the town.

Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea says he has extended an invitation to peace talks in a bid to avoid any further incidents.

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Night-time Water Restrictions Lifted in Glenamaddy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Night time water restrictions have been lifted in Glenamaddy.

The restrictions, which were in place since Saturday, have been lifted with immediate effect.

Irish Water says they were necessary due to high levels of domestic, commercial and agricultural demand for treated drinking water experienced in Glenamaddy and surrounding areas, coupled with low reservoir levels.

Water reserves have now recovered.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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