Galway Bay fm newsroom – The trials of four County Galway turf cutters, which were due to be assigned hearing dates later this year, have now been adjourned indefinitely.
The Director of Public Prosecutions is awaiting the outcome of a High Court review of the validity of similar charges being brought against their Kerry counterparts.
Earlier this year, turf cutters in Kerry sought a judicial review to test the constitutionality of charges brought against them under E.U conservation legislation.
The four Galway men, who were the first to be prosecuted since the EU habitats directive imposed restrictions on turf cutting on 53 Irish bogs in 2011, were due to stand trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last March.
43 year old, Michael D’Arcy from Ballycahill, Killimor, 57 year old Padraic Byrne from Main Street, Killimor, 43 year old Pat McDonagh from Portumna and 44 year old Tony Porter from Woodford, face prosecution in relation to alleged incidents of turf cutting at Clonmoylan Bog, near Killimor on May 22nd, 23rd, and August 2nd, 2012.
However, the successful move by two Kerry turf cutters to apply for judicial review of the prosecutions being taken against them, put a stay on the Galway men’s trials pending the High Court’s ruling
Judge Rory McCabe said it would make sense to adjourn the matters generally with liberty to re-enter pending judicial review.
Pop-up vaccination clinic to operate from NUIG next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop-up vaccination base will operate from NUI Galway next week.
It’s one of 11 pop up vaccination centres that will be established across third level colleges next week.
The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff.
The initiative aims to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris says Ireland has already seen a great uptake from young people and vaccination week will offer anyone who hasn’t received their first or second dose the opportunity to do so.
5,769 PUP claims to be issued in Galway as numbers continue to decline
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 5,769 people in Galway will receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week, as the number of claimants for the State support continues to fall.
The number has fallen from a peak of over 33 thousand claimants in May 2020.
This week, the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over 28 million euro to over 110 thousand people.
This represents a fall of 3,842 compared to last week.
The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector.
It comes as the PUP is gradually changing over a six month period from September until next February to align with the standard jobseeker’s payments.
Up to 200 jobs for Galway as medical device manufacturer expands
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A medical device manufacturer in Galway is set to expand its operations with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs.
Integer has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility through a 30 million dollar investment in Parkmore East.
With 15 sites across the world, Integer has been operating in Ireland for 25 years.
The company currently employs 1,300 people through its research and development centre and manufacturing facilities in Galway and New Ross in Wexford.
Following collaboration between IDA Ireland and Integer, the new facility for the Parkmore East area will help the company meet increased demand for research, development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as capacity for catheters and delivery systems.
Expected to total $30 million in the coming years, the investment will include the construction of a 60,000 square foot facility while planning permission for a further 147,000 square feet for future expansion has also been secured.
The company said it expects an estimated 100 to 200 engineering, administration and manufacturing jobs to be added as a result of the expansion with building work expected to begin next year.