Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man who raped two girls, aged 6 and 9, after luring them from a Birthday party to a flat in Athlone has been jailed for life.
The 30 year old man admitted raping the girls 5 times on September 28th last year.
An apology to the 2 young girls was made but only after the 30 year old man was jailed for life.
Those were his instructions to his barrister.
He admitted raping the girls aged 6 and 9 after luring them from outside a family birthday part to his nearby flat.
He asked them to come play with his 6 year old daughter who was a bit shy.
Passing sentence Mr Justice Paul Carney said it was ‘too upsetting’ to recite the facts heard in court earlier today.
He said for the past 20 years he’s refrained from saying thhis is worst case ever because doing so has always prompted a worse case to come along the following week.
The 30 year old man has a history of crime but mainly for minor offences – he’d been only out of jail 3 days when he carried out these appalling attacks.
Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.
Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.
The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.
Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.
Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.
The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.
The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.
Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,
Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.
Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.
The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.
The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.
Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today: