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Councillor Seamus Walsh and Gerry King selected to contest Connemara North local election for Fianna Fáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Séamus Walsh and farmer Gerry King have been selected to contest the local election in Connemara North for Fianna Fáil.

At a selection convention in Maam Cross last night, Councillor Séamus Walsh was automatically chosen for the ticket without a vote.

A close contest too place for the second position on the ticket between Mannin businessman Josie Conneely and farmer Gerry King from Errislannan.

Around 200 members of the party voted and Gerry King, who works in the fish farm industry was selected to join Councillor Séamus Walsh on the ticket.

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Councillor says Gardai should focus on ‘key areas’ across city over bank holiday weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A City Councillor says Gardai should be focusing on ‘key areas’ across the city this bank holiday weekend which are likely to experience breaches in social distancing guidelines.

It’s after the City Council introduced a range of measures over the coming days – including the closure of Spanish Arch, Blackrock diving tower, and car parks at Silverstrand and Ballyloughane Beach.

The local authority has previously warned there will be a strong Garda presence across the city over the weekend to ensure Government restrictions are adhered to.

Councillor Eddie Hoare says there are a few areas in particular that are of concern.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Chief Medical Officer says Ireland not lagging behind other European countries in lifting restrictions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Medical Officer says he doesn’t think Ireland’s lagging behind other European countries in lifting coronavirus restrictions.

The government will decide next week if phase two can go ahead on June 8th – and if the easing of some lockdown measures can be sped up.

Health officials say there’s currently no reason to believe why the next stage in the roadmap can’t proceed – but it’s not guaranteed.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan doesn’t think the lifting of restrictions is happening too slowly – and has pointed out that our experience with Covid-19 is different to those in European countries.

He says Ireland may not be doing the same thing as some other countries at this point in time – but decisions must be made on our current position and the trajectory of the disease in this country.

Meanwhile, Gardai will be patrolling parks, beaches and beauty spots today to make sure people are sticking to the public health guidelines.

Health officials are also asking people to keep a record of who they’re meeting up with over the bank holiday weekend.

That’ll help contact tracing teams if someone later tests positive for Covid 19.

To hear more on the latest news, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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High Court rules city man struck by car driven by former son in law entitled to €35k

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The High Court has ruled that a man who suffered an injury after being stuck head on by a car driven by his former son-in-law is entitled to €35 thousand in compensation.

The MIBI, a body set up to compensate victims of uninsured and untraced driving, had appealed a decision that Gerard Mongan was entitled to damages after being struck by a car driven by Martin Mongan.

The incident occurred following an argument outside the plaintiff’s home at Renmore in Galway on June 16th 2013.

It was alleged that Martin Mongan, previously married to Gerard Mongan’s daughter Amanda, was intoxicated when he arrived at the plaintiffs home demanding to see his son.

He was asked to leave and did so in his car – but allegedly later returned and drove off the road and onto the path straight into Gerard Mongan.

As a result of his injuries Gerard Mongan sued in Galway Circuit Court both Martin Mongan and the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland – or MIBI – seeking damages.

The MIBI had claimed it had no liability because the uninsured driver had deliberately used the car as a weapon, and the injuries had not been sustained as a result of negligent driving by Martin Mongan.

Opposing the appeal Gerard Mongan denied that there was any evidence that Martin Mongan had used his car as a weapon.

Even if the court found that it had been driven in such a manner, his lawyers argued, it was still a breach by Martin Mongan of his duty of care that it constituted negligent use of the vehicle.

Ruling on the matter Mr Justice Denis McDonald, dismissed the appeal – but was critical of the manner in which evidence was given by Gerard Mongan and his wife about the incident.

He noted that their claims that Martin Mongan did not drive deliberately at them, greatly contrasted with evidence and statements given in the aftermath of the incident.

However when the court considered legislation governing the MIBI and European law on such matters, the judge found the plaintiff is entitled to damages from the bureau.

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