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Irish rail reduces Oranmore fare following criticism

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Rail has reduced the price of a return ticket from Oranmore to Galway, following complaints that the original fare was too high.

The long-awaited train service began in July this year, and fares were in the region of €8 for an adult return journey, and €4 for a child.

The prices were criticised by Galway West TD Brian Walsh, who claimed the service was ‘in danger of becoming a ghost train’ unless Irish Rail reviewed its fares.

The new €6 fare has been welcomed by Deputy Walsh, who says it will encourage more people to use the service.

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Local TD says Citizens Assembly on Biodiveristy cannot become “stitch-up” of rural Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice says the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss cannot be turned into another “stitch-up” of rural Ireland.

The body was set up to examine how the State can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss, and to bring forward proposals.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says he’s not impressed with its first meeting – and its claims that Ireland is not the land of a thousand welcomes when it comes to nature.

He argues it would do the body and our urban experts a great deal of good to realise rural dwellers are the conservators and curators of the land.

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Court of appeal overturns decision to strike out Galway resident’s damages claim against the State

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out Galway resident Peter Pringle’s damages claim against the State over his conviction and the 15-years he spent behind bars for crimes he did not commit.

Mr Pringle was convicted of the murders of two Gardai John Morley and Henry Byrne during a bank robbery in Ballaghadreen, in Roscommon in July 1980.

He was released from prison after his convictions were deemed unsafe and quashed in 1995.

The High Court had struck out a damage claim he brought over his conviction and lengthy incarceration on the grounds of inordinate and inexcusable delay in progressing his claim.

In a lengthy and detailed judgement, a three-judge court overturned that decision, on the basis that a key legal issue in the case that needed to be determined had not been addressed.

The COA remitted the case back to High Court for a fresh consideration.

Mr Pringle who is based in Glenicmurrin in Costelloe in county Galway was sentenced to death in 1981 for the murder of the gardai.

In proceedings brought against the State he claims the State was negligent and breached his constitutional rights because crucial evidence was not disclosed to him prior to his trial before the Special Criminal Court, where he was convicted of the Garda’s murders.

After his death sentence was commuted to 40 years in jail, he served 14 years and 10 months in prison, before the then Court of Criminal Appeal in 1995 found his convictions to be unsafe and unsatisfactory.

Two other men were convicted of the murders and were released from prison in 2013.

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Specialist unit at UHG under plan to improve care for young cancer patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An initiative aimed at providing the best possible care for young adults and adolescents with cancer in Ireland aims to deliver on their unique and distinct needs, with plans for a specialist unit at UHG.

A new HSE Framework will see a state of the art cancer care network delivered locally where possible, and centralised when necessary.

It would involve three new specialist units at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital.

Around 200 children up to the age of 16 are diagnosed every year with cancer, and a further 180 to 190 adolescents between 16 and 25 years are diagnosed every year.

The National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at National Cancer Control Programme, Professor Owen Smith says the framework will result in better outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.

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