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Man accused of city rape describes allegation as ridiculous

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man charged with raping a schoolgirl in her friend’s house during a sleepover, told Gardai the girl’s allegation was “ridiculous” because he was “as good as impotent” at the time.

The 40 year old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to raping the then 15-year-old Junior Certificate student at a house in the city on April 17, 2011.

Detective John Lavery told the jury at the man’s trial at the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway, that when he put the girl’s allegation to him during interview, the man had replied, ” It’s all lies. I don’t know why she’s making it up.”

The accused man told Det. Lavery he could not remember if he had stayed in the house that night, claiming he could not remember dates.

Mr Alexander Owens, SC, prosecuting said the girl was brought to the sexual assault unit in August, 2011, four months after the alleged assault.

She was medically examined by a clinical forensic examiner who could not find evidence at that time to either support or preclude the rape allegation.

The trial continues next week before Mr Justice Barry White.

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County Council CEO expresses ‘deep regret’ over local authority links with Tuam mother and baby home

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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’.

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Galway’s incidence rate of COVID-19 ninth highest nationwide

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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.

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Galway Gardaí issue appeal following vaccine text and call scam

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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…

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