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Health and safety trial concludes at Galway circuit criminal court

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The managing director of a steel erection company has been acquitted by a Circuit Court Judge of charges relating to breaches of Health and Safety legislation.

It follows the death of one of his employees at the Connacht Rugby Sports Ground in Galway city five years ago.

40 year old Colin Murphy with addresses at Killeeneen, Craughwell, and Old Galway Road, Tuam, was managing director of CDM Steel Ltd., which went into liquidation on the day of the accident in April, 2008.

During a five-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Mr Murphy pleaded not guilty to five breaches of the legislation, in that as director/manager of the company he failed or neglected to implement safety measures as far as was practicable to ensure the health and safety of his employee, foreman, Declan Byrne, at his place of work at Connacht Rugby Sports Ground, College Road, Galway, on April 30, 2008, as a result of which Mr Byrne sustained fatal injuries.

31 year old Mr Byrne, a father of two from Ballyhaunis, Co.Mayo, died when a steel girder weighing 1.4 metric tonnes, fell and pinned him to a trestle he had been standing on while trying to adjust the girder upwards with the aid of a bottle jack and some scaffolding.

In directing the jury to find Mr Murphy not guilty on all five charges, Judge Rory McCabe said there had been an “appalling lack of communication” which had contributed to the fatal and tragic circumstances surrounding Mr. Byrne’s death that day

 

 

 

 

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Festival celebrationg Galway’s maritime culture taking place this month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The inaugural Galway Docklands Festival will be held later this month.

The festival is a collaboration betweenGalway Bay Seafoods, Galway Hooker Sailing Club and Galway Bay Boat Tours.

From the 21st to the 23rd October, events will be taking place including demonstrations, boat rides, arts and crafts and more.

The festivities will conclude with an auction in Claddagh Hall, with proceeds going to Galway RNLI and Lost At Sea Tragedies.

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12% drop in unemployment across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a drop of 12% in the number of people unemployed in Galway.

While nationally there was a decline of just one percent, according to CSO figures.

Last month, there were 15,752 people on the Live Register across Galway city and county.

While this month, CSO figures show there are almost 2,000 less on it, at 13,836.

Nationally, there were 184,100 people on the Live Register at the end of September – a drop of 1 per cent on the previous month.

Nearly a quarter of those were in the 35 – 44 age group – while counties Clare and Kerry saw the greatest increases.

There were over 13,500 people benefiting from the EU’s Temporary Protection Directive included in the figures – up 1,654 from August.

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Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.

The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.

There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.

The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.

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