Galway bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint policing committee is to write to the the Oireachtas joint Committee on justice, defence and equality requesting changes to free legal aid.
It’s in response to a letter received by the group from the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter which makes no proposal to change the current scheme.
At today’s meeting of the JPC, Councillor Jim Cuddy said it was ‘regrettable’ the Minister would take this stance when the taxpayer paid over 50 million euro last year to fund free legal aid.
Earlier this year, the JPC wrote to the Minister requesting thescheme be reviewed so that alleged offenders can only apply once for assistance, and so prohibit repeated use by repeating offenders.
Councillor Jimmy McClearn pointed out that it was one thing to make a good suggestion but a referendum was needed to change the system.
Under the criminal justice act, the courts, through the judiciary are responsible for granting legal aid, and an applicant must establish insufficent means to pay.
Councillor Michael Connolly told FYI Galway debate at a national level is needed to kick start questions over free legal aid
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.