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DPP appeals sentence given to drunk driver from Kilcolgan who killed pedestrian and injured 2 gardai

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The DPP has appealed the sentence handed down to a drunk driver who killed a pedestrian and injured two Gardaí.
Adrian Nestor from Keamsella, Kilcolgan was given 240 hours community service instead of a four year prison sentence.

In the early hours of Feb 1st 2016, two Gardaí found 66yo Liam McDonnell on a stretch of the N18 in Ardrahan.
He’d been reported missing from a nearby nursing home and they were trying to get him into a patrol car when Adrian Nestor crashed into them.
Mr. McDonnell was pronounced dead at the scene and the two Gardaí were hospitalised.
Mr. Nestor later admitted being drunk behind the wheel and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and serious injury.
Mr. McDonnell’s widow didn’t want him to go to jail and he was sentenced to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four year prison term.
The DPP has now appealed that decision accusing the judge of taking the mitigating factors into account not once but twice thereby “double discounting”.
Counsel for Mr. Nestor claimed what the judge did was “reasonable” given the circumstances.
A judgement is due to be delivered tomorrow week.

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A man in his 20’s dies and another is injured after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

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A man in his 20’s has died after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar at approximately 12.45pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road remains closed and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Gardai and Emergency Services attending the scene of a Road Traffic Accident on N63

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Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a road traffic collision on the N63 Newbridge to Ballygar Road.

The road is currently closed with local diversions in place.

No further information is available at this time.

Further updates will issue in due course.

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Protest is held at The Skerritt Roundabout over dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city

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A group of approximately forty campaigners have been protesting at The Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway over dangerous conditions that exist for cyclists and pedestrians on the streets of Galway.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, set up a pop-up pedestrian crossing at the roundabout.

Skerritt Roundabout was chosen as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

The group said that the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser Grainne Faller told John Mulligan that decision makers need to factor in safety when it comes to road and street design in Galway.

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