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Man jailed for causing brain injury to Tuam man

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to five years in prison with the final two and a half years suspended for an assault which left a young Tuam man with catastrophic brain injuries.

Shane Byrne, a native of Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last May to causing serious harm to Shane Grogan in Tuam, on August 5th, 2012.

Detective Sergeant Michael O’Driscoll told the sentencing hearing today that the assault happened in the early hours of the morning and Shane Byrne had struck the victim into the side of the head with a brick during an altercation.

Shane Grogan has been left with severe brain injuries and needs 24-hour nursing care.

His father, Joseph, read a victim impact statement to the court in which he said he and his family could never forgive the accused for what he described as a senseless act of violence.

The court was told Byrne had come to Tuam to find his estranged father a few weeks before the assault and would be haunted by what he did for the rest of his life.

Imposing sentence, Judge Rory McCabe said he accepted Byrne had not set out that night to intentionally harm anyone and it had been a senseless attack.

Afterwards, Mr Grogan said the family was happy the case was over and they just wanted to draw a line under it and get on with caring for their son.

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283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.

23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.

There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.

It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.

The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.

A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.

€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.

Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.

€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.

City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.

€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.

And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.

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Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.

It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.

The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.

Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace:

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