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Kilcolgan man gets jail term for Ardrahan accident replacing original sentence of community service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A drunk driver who killed a pedestrian and injured two Gardaí in Ardrahan has been jailed for two years by the Court of Appeal.
The court considered the community service sentence originally handed down to Adrian Nestor from Keamsella, Kilcolgan to be “unduly lenient”.
In the early hours of February 1st 2016, two Gardaí found 66 year old Liam McDonnell on a stretch of the N18 in Ardrahan, Co. Galway.
He’d been reported missing from a nearby nursing home and they were trying to get him into a patrol car when Adrian Nestor crashed into them.
Mr. McDonnell was pronounced dead at the scene and the two Gardaí were hospitalised.
Nestor later admitted being drunk behind the wheel and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and serious injury.
Mr. McDonnell’s widow didn’t want him to go to jail and he was sentenced to 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four year prison term.
The DPP appealed that decision and the Court of Appeal today agreed that it was unduly lenient.
The court felt a suspension of the final 18 months of his prison sentence would have been more appropriate but went further and suspended an additional six months due to the fact he’s now going into custody for the first time.

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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