Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Garda has predicted that a bitter feud between two Connemara brothers will end in murder.
43 year-old Joe Joyce, from Tiernee, Lettermore, was sentenced to five years in prison at Galway Circuit Criminal Court for threatening to kill or cause serious harm to his older brother, Padraig Joyce, on December 10th, 2012.
Joe Joyce also pleaded guilty to trespassing at Padraig Joyce’s home in Tiernee with a knife and a hay fork and to trespassing in such a manner as was likely to cause fear in his brother.
The court heard a bitter feud started between the brothers when their father died over 20 years ago without making a will and there had been disputes ever since over land and a house.
Garda Hogan said the accused had 38 previous convictions, including two for threatening to kill, three for assault and one for carrying a flick knife.
“I genuinely believe there will be loss of life in this feud between the brothers. There will be an imminent threat to Padraig’s life with Joe’s release,” Garda Hogan said.
Joe Joyce told the court his brother had assaulted and threatened him over the years.
In reply to prosecuting counsel, Conor Fahy, the accused said he was prepared to apologise to his brother provided he stay away from him in the future.
Judge McCabe imposed the five-year sentence on Joe Joyce for threatening to kill his brother and imposed a concurrent two and a half year sentence for trespassing on his brother’s property with a knife.
The sentences were backdated to when the accused was first taken into custody 15 months ago.
Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.
Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.
A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.
Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.
1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.
Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.
From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.
Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.
However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.
Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.
Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.