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Galway student admits hacking Fine Gael website

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Galway Bay fm Newsroom – A GMIT student is one of two young computer experts to admit hacking Fine Gael’s website – in the weeks leading up to the 2011 General Election.

According to the Irish Independent, 21 year old Darren Martyn from Cloonbeggin in Claregalway and 20-year-old Donncha O Cearrbhail, from The Ring, Birr, Co Offaly are to be sentenced in October.

Darren Martyn studies forensic science and analysis at GMIT while his co-defendant Donncha O Cearrbhail is a student of medicinal chemistry at Trinity College in Dublin.

The students said they hacked the website as a “stunt” to embarrass the party.

Dublin District Court heard that the pair who used the online aliases ‘Raepsauce’ and ‘Palladium’, had been identified by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation in conjunction with US law enforcement agency the FBI.

They pleaded guilty yesterday to criminal damage to the website, which was defaced, had its database stolen and was knocked offline for 24 hours after it was hacked on January 9, 2011.

Fine Gael said it cost €10,000 to get the site up and running again.

The offence, at district court level, can lead to a conviction, a fine and can carry a maximum 12-month jail term.

The case has been adjourned until October.

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Most common energy rating for Galway homes is medium at C or D

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The most common energy rating for homes in Galway is now a medium of C or D.

That’s according to new figures from the CSO on the BER rating for domestic homes.

In Galway City, the most common performance ratings are now C3 and D1, followed by C2.

While in the county, C2 and C3 are the most common BER ratings, followed by D1.

Four percent of city homes have the lowest efficiency rating of G, while a further four percent have the highest rating of A.

Four percent of county homes also have an A rating – but the percentage of homes with a G rating stands at eight percent.

Nationally, Dublin County, Kildare and Meath have the highest proportion of homes with an A rating.

While around one in eight homes in Roscommon, Leitrim, Offaly and Tipperary have the lowest possible rating.

Meanwhile, the average age of a city home is 25 years, while the figure for the county is slightly higher at 29 years of age.

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Newly amalgamated city secondary school to be named Coláiste Muire Máthair

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The interim board of management of the city’s newest secondary school has announced its new name.

The amalgamated school, consisting of St Mary’s College Galway and Our Lady’s College – formerly the Presentation and Mercy Colleges – will be known as Coláiste Muire Máthair.

With its future enrollment estimated at 1,000 pupils, Coláiste Muire Máthair will be located at the current St Mary’s College campus.

The interim board of management says the new secondary school will be an inclusive Catholic co-educational voluntary school under the joint trusteeship of CEIST and the Diocese of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora.

Meanwhile, Betty Hernon has been announced as the school’s new principal.

Siobhan Quinn, Chair of the Interim Board of Management says it’s a new chapter.

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Eight outdoor recreation projects across county secure funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been awarded to eight county Galway projects through the Outdoor Recreation Fund.

The investment, totalling €146,000, has been announced by the Minister for Rural and Community Development Heather Humphreys.

The Outdoor Recreation Fund seeks to build on the economic and tourism potential of rural communities by developing and marketing facilities which attract visitors to areas that might not have seen many visitors in the past.

The projects being supported include the Aughrane Forest Trail in Ballygar, Glenamaddy Frass Looped Walks, Clonbur Walking and Cycling Trails, “Out and About” offshore Inisbofin, Inisbofin Looped Walks and Blueways and the Binn Shleibhe Loop in Cornamona.

The Lismay Kylemore Trail and Boardwalk projects in Ballinasloe have also received funding – with Galway based Senator Aisling Dolan saying the investment will support more vital free outdoor activities.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the funding will enhance the amenities and attract more visitors to the communities when public health restrictions are lifted – for more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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