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Galway man to be sentenced in May for orally raping young woman

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway man has been convicted of orally raping a young woman who had fallen asleep in his van while he gave her a lift home from a night out.
The 46 year old man had pleaded NOT GUILTY at the Central Criminal Court to one charge of orally raping the then 20-year-old woman at a Galway location in the early hours of November 5, 2015.
Today (wed) Ms Justice Eileen Creedon ordered that reporting restrictions remain in place until after the man is sentenced in May.

During the trial, the victim told the jury that she accepted the lift from the man after first encountering him with his dog while she sat alone and upset in a park.
She said she fell asleep on the journey and woke up to find her assailant standing up in the van opposite her and orally raping her
The woman told the jury she memorised the van’s registration plate as he sped off and then ran to the nearest house repeating this number out loud.
The man claimed in his garda interview that he had driven out to a vantage point on the outskirts of the city at the woman’s suggestion.
He said their faces “kind of met” while they stopped to look at a view of the city lights and that it was a consensual encounter
He then claimed that his victim gave him oral sex for a few seconds before she stated: “I’ve a boyfriend”.
He claimed she put her head back, became unresponsive and then sprang upright in anger. The court heard the man has no previous convictions.
The jury of eight men and four women took four hours and 15 minutes to return their majority 11-1 verdict.
Ms Justice Eileen Creedon directed the man be registered as a sex offender and remanded him on continuing bail until his sentence date in May.

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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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