Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has been urged to reinvestigate the case of an Irish soldier from the Aran Islands who went missing while serving in the Lebannon in 1981.
The matter was raised by Donegal Sinn Fein TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn in the Dail where he asked the Justice Minister if the case remains open.
Aran Islander Private Kevin Joyce and Private Hugh Doherty andwere serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon , when on 27 April 1981, an observation post manned by them came under attack.
Private Doherty was later found dead from gunshot wounds and Private Joyce was missing.
Alan Shatter said his disappearance has been the subject of ongoing investigation by successive Irish units in UNIFIL.
These include a Military Police investigation in 1985, an investigation by the 88th battalion in 2000 and a senior officer delegation in 2005.
However, he says to date no information has surfaced to assist the investigation.
County Council CEO expresses ‘deep regret’ over local authority links with Tuam mother and baby home
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A statement from Chief Executive of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly says it is appropriate and necessary that as civic leaders and citizens of this county and country, that we reflect and learn lessons from the clearly painful and distressing accounts previously shared with the council, and from the testimony of many survivors as has been detailed.
He adds ‘we acknowledge with deep regret that the relationship between this local authority and those entrusted to the care of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has been broken due to our failings in the arrangements for their care’.
He concludes that today, he reaffirms the commitment and renewed determination of this local authority to continue its efforts to assist and support the survivors and all those with a personal connection to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
He adds ‘No one can change the past; however, it is important that we accept and learn from it, acknowledge the sad and painful truth, the personal impact and heavy burden carried by survivors and humbly acknowledge our failings’.
Galway’s incidence rate of COVID-19 ninth highest nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s level of COVID-19 infection is now the ninth highest in the country.
The 14 day incidence rate now stands at 892 in Galway, just behind Dublin which has a rate of 937.8.
2,302 cases of the virus were recorded in the city and county over the last fortnight.
Monaghan has the highest rate of infection at 1,661, while Leitrim maintains the lowest rate at 280.9.
Galway Gardaí issue appeal following vaccine text and call scam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí have issued a public appeal following a text and phone call scam which falsely claims it’s part of the vaccine scheduling programme.
The text contains a hyperlink requesting personal information and credit card details in order to book a HSE vaccination slot.
A scam phone call is also in operation where victims are being asked to provide pps number and other personal details.
Galway Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Mick Walsh has warned the HSE will never request personal details and only a GP should make contact regarding a future free vaccine…