Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway men have been convicted of illegal fishing on the Clare River last year.
James Fahy, Ballindooley was convicted of three offences on two dates in June and August 2013, while Michael McGath, Polkeen, Castlegar was convicted of one offence in August 2013.
Fisheries Inspector Pat Gorman told Galway District Court that on June 18 last, fishery officers observed a man using a net on the Clare River.
When approached, the man attempted to reverse his vehicle down a side road, but fishery officers intervened and one, Paul Reynolds, was assaulted.
James Fahy was apprehended, and a search of the vehicle revealed a net, 6 large salmon and 2 large trout.
He pleaded guilty to illegal possession of the fish, and to assault and obstruction.
He pleaded guilty to a further charge of illegal possession of a net at the same location on August 11th, when he was again observed by fishery officers fishing and then concealing a net.
Judge Fahy fined Mr Fahy €1,750 with €600 costs, and ordered him to pay €500 compensation to Mr. Reynolds.
The Judge commented illegal fishing hits already depleted fish stocks, and affects tourism.
At the same court sitting, Michael McGath was convicted of illegal possession of a net on August 11th, and fined €100 with €600 costs.
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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.
Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.
A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.
Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.
1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.
Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.
From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.
Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.
However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.
Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.
Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.