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Irish Daily Mail apologises to Senator Healy-Eames in court

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Galway Senator, Fidelma Healy- Eames has settled a court case with Associated Newspapers Limited regarding a report in the Irish Daily Mail in August 2012.
In a statement in court today, the newspaper group said that it published articles about Senator Healy-Eames and her husband, Michael’s participation with a voluntary charity in Rwanda.
On August 20th and 21st 2012, the Irish Daily Mail published articles about Senator Healy- Eames and her husband, Michael in relation to the Voluntary Service Overseas charity.
In a statement in court, the newspaper says “the articles gave the wholly inaccurate impression that Senator Healy-Eames had benefited from public or charity funds.”
The statement adds, that “while in Rwanda, Senator Healy-Eames voluntarily devoted her time and expertise to working with the Ministry of Education.”
Associated Newspapers Limited has apologised to the Senator and her family for the embarrassment caused by its reports.
Appropriate damages have been agreed but the figure has not been disclosed.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Senator Healy-Eames states that she “acknowledges the efforts of the Irish Daily Mail to resolve the matter to the satisfaction of both parties.”

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Large parts of North Galway to face water outages today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of North Galway will face water disruptions today due to repair works on a major leak.

Crews are working to address a significant leak on the water main at Carheens, Belclare.

There will be disruption to a large area including Kilconly West, Ballyfruit, Garraun, Liss, Logawannia, Annaghdown, Corrandulla, Headford and Crosswood.

Works are now underway – with disruptions expected to last until 7 this evening.

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Galway information event on hosting Ukrainians families this Thursday (18/08)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An information event on hosting Ukrainians families will take place at NUI Galway this Thursday.

The event will cover what is involved in hosting refugees, the supports available and how to sign up and pledge accommodation.

Recent CSO figures found 2,790 refugess have arrived in the county in total.

The information session takes place from 7 to 8:30PM at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society Building, Upper Newcastle Road.

It is presented by Ukrainians help Ukrainians Galway, Association of Ukrainians in Ireland, The Irish Red Cross, Doras, Irish Refugee Council and Nasc.

Registation is free and can be done on eventbrite.ie.

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Government publishes new action plan on bat species commonly found in West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has published a new action plan on the protection and conservation of a bat species commonly found in the West.

The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is found between Mayo and Co. Cork – with considerable pockets in Galway.

The Lesser horseshoe bat is 1 of 9 bat species found in Ireland, but unlike the other eight species, it has a very limited distribution.

It’s found along the west coast, with significant pockets in West and South Galway.

It’s distribution is linked with broadleaved and mixed woodland, and it mainly roosts in roofs of old houses or outhouses, stables or old cottages.

Measures under the new action plan include a range of site specific actions, such as building new habitats, predator-proofing, and repair of existing roofs and windows in existing roosts.

There’ll also be wide landscaping actions, aimed at improving connectivity between and around roosts, and boosting the availability of suitable foraging areas.

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