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Jury acquits city man in trial for false imprisonment and threats to kill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 48-year-old city man has been acquitted by a jury of charges of imprisoning his former partner and her young child and threatening to kill the woman and a Garda.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for two and a half hours following a four-day trial this week before unanimously finding Mervue native, Paul Cullinane, of 34 Beal Srutha, Ballybane, not guilty of six charges at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Paul Cullinane had denied the false imprisonment of the woman and her then 9-year-old daughter at a house in Ballybane on December 27, 2012.
He also denied threatening to kill the woman on December 27, 2012 and again on April 17, last year.
Cullinane further denied threatening to kill Garda Marvin Lee during the same alleged incident in April and with assaulting the woman in December.
The woman said she had ended her relationship with the accused in November 2012, but he had no where to go and she agreed to let him stay until he found a place in the New Year.
She told the jury he hit her in the face on December 27 and tried to stab her with a butter knife.
Her daughter was with her at the time.
He then held a mattress down on top of them and she found it difficult to breathe, she said.
The woman said she obtained a barring order but Cullinane came to her home in April.
She called the Gardai and in the presence of Garda Lee, Cullinane rang and threatened to kill her and the Garda.
The now 10-year-old child gave evidence during the trial by video link.
During Garda interview, Cullinane denied the woman’s allegations and said she had used and brain-washed her daughter to give evidence against him.

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House Prices in Galway City and County rise by four per cent on last year

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – House prices in Galway City and county have risen by 3-4 percent on last year according to a report published today in the Irish Independent.

The 2021 “How Much Is Your House Worth?” report from the Irish Independent surveyed real estate agents on current house price estimates.

Property values rose by 3 per cent across the country last year due to strong demand and a lack of supply.

In Galway City, the survey showed an increase of 4 percent with an expectation of another rise of 4 per cent in 2022.

House prices in the county have also increased by 4 per cent but according to Mark Keenan were much more affordable compared to the city. He also said that there was a lot of interest from outside of the country.

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Galway TD tells Dáil businesses struggling to access Covid-19 supports

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil that some small businesses are struggling to access the Government’s Covid-19 support funds.

Deputy Ciaran Cannon said the situation is due to the way they were initially designed as an emergency response to the pandemic.

Addressing Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Cannon said many businesses are finding it exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to access the funds

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said they’re constantly reviewing the situation – and new schemes are being developed.

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Incidence rate for Covid 19 in Galway shows dramatic increase in December and early January

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Incidence rate for Covid 19 in Galway Electoral areas has seen a marked increase since August according to the Central Statistics Office with a dramatic increase throughout the month of December,

According to information released by the CSO, the incidence rate remained low in the county throughout the month of August with a slight increase reported in the Tuam and Connemara South Electoral Areas in Early September.

By the 21st of September, this increase in the Incidence rate had spread to The Loughrea, Kinvara and Athenry/Oranmore Local electoral areas with all reporting an incidence rate of 60-120 cases per 100,000.

At the end of Seprtember, Galway City reported an incidence rate of 120-240 cases per 100,000 bringing it in line wiith all other areas bar the Ballinasloe electoral area that still showed a low rate.

Throughout October, the numbers would rise throughout the county but fell throughout the month of November during which period, the country was in Level Five Lockdown.

However, the lifting of restrictions which began on the 1st of December, saw another increase in the incidence rate in the city and county and on the 11th of January, three areas, Tuam, Ballinasloe and Gort/Kinvara had incidence rates of over 960 cases per 100,000 with the remainder between 480 and 960 per 100,000.

The increase in the Incidence Rate in Galway City and County from August – January

Currently, the Incidence Rate For Galway Electoral Areas (per 100,000 people) is as follows:

Gort/Kinvara – 1467.8

Tuam – 1334.6

Galway City – 1090.4

Ballinasloe – 1077.9

Athenry/Oranmore – 974.6

Connamara South – 731

Loughrea – 577.1

Connamara North – 407.2

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