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Driver loses damages claim against former employer in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A dump-truck driver has lost a 60 thousand euro damages claim against his former Tuam based employer.
Petru Muntian claimed he suffered a severe injury to his back after being told to lift heavy kerb stones onto his vehicle in March 2016.
34 year old married man Petru Muntian, with an address in Dublin but originally from Moldova, alleged he suffered an ‘excruciating injury’ on March 14th, 2016.
It was claimed he was directed by PJ Personnel of Tuam on that date to take his dumper to Sisk’s work yard in East Wall Dublin to collect kerb stones.
He alleged forklift drivers on the site refused to assist him and told him to lift the stones himself – leading to a back injury while he attempted to lift a stone weighing around 70kg.
He subsequently took legal action against PJ Personnel Limited of Tuam and John Sisk & Son Holdings of Clondalkin, Dublin 22 for 60 thousand euro in damages.
However, at the Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Mary O’ Malley said the court had been left with a ‘lot of confusion’ as to the cause and date of the accident.
She found the defendants had provided a safe system of work which had not been obeyed by Mr. Muntian and therefore she could not find any negligence on their part.
A forensic consultant engineer told the court that even an olympic weightlifter would have considered the ‘foolhardiness’ of lifting a 70kg kerbstone chest high.
According to the Irish Times, Judge O’ Malley also offered that she had not been provided with any evidence of the inability of the plaintiff to work.
She ultimately ruled that Mr. Muntian had come into court with an exaggerated and unsubstantiated claim and as a result, she had to dismiss it and award costs against him.

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Galway City Council Recycling Civic Amenity Center To Reopen On Tuesday

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Councillor Cllr. Terry O’ Flaherty has issued a statement reminding all of those who wish to avail of the Galway City Council Recycling Civic Amenity Centre in the Liosban Industrial Estate that the centre will reopen from tomorrow morning.

The initial opening hours of the facility are from 10.00am to 3.30pm Monday to Thursday, 10.00am to 3pm on Friday and 8.15am to 12.30pm on Saturday.

Additional signage has been installed to emphasise the one way system and social distancing measures have been put in place to address COVID 19 regulations.

Customers are advised that this is a self service facility open to residents of Galway City and no commercial use is permitted.

Customers have also been advised to pre-sort all items to reduce the time spent at the facility and to refer to Galway City Council website for a list of items that are accepted and the conditions of use.

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2 further deaths from COVID-19, 299 new cases nationally, 11 of them in Galway

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,052 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Saturday 28th November, the HPSC has been notified of 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,241 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 158 are men / 141 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 94 are in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 27 in Wicklow, 14 in Louth, 13 in Limerick and the remaining 110 cases are spread across 20 other counties.

As of 2pm today 257 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU. 7 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Today’s cases, , 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 28 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 28NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (15NOV2020 to 28NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(15NOV2020 to 28NOV2020)
Ireland29992.34,393
Donegal41219.9350
Louth14184.7238
Limerick13166.8325
Kilkenny11132.0131
Roscommon<5105.468
Dublin94104.31,405
Waterford5103.3120
Meath1199.0193
Tipperary1387.7140
Longford<585.635
Wicklow2784.3120
Monaghan<583.151
Mayo580.5105
Carlow775.543
Cork773.9401
Clare<568.281
Kildare1363.4141
Cavan<561.747
Sligo<561.040
Offaly559.046
Laois<550.843
Kerry<546.769
Westmeath<545.140
Galway1144.6115
Wexford<526.039
Leitrim021.87
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Galway Lotto Player €40,000 richer following last night’s Draw

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The National Lottery is calling on its Lotto players in Galway to check their tickets after a prize worth €40,000 was won on its Lotto 5-4-3-2-1 game on last night’s draw.

The winning ticket, which matched five numbers out of seven on the Lotto Plus game, was sold at Dunnes Stores in the Westside Shopping Centre on Seamus Quirke Road, Co. Galway.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery has asked all players to check their tickets carefully. If it is you, sign the back of the ticket and get in touch with the National Lottery claims team on 1800 666 222 or email claims@lottery.ie and they will make arrangements for you to get your prize.

While there were more than 143,000 winners last night, there was no winner of the Lotto jackpot worth €10,284,221 and it heads for a whopping €11 million for this coming Wednesday’s draw.

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