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Man sentenced for damaging electric gates in Kilcolgan




Galway Bay fm newsroom – A row over money between two former business partners led to a 36-year-old city man being sentenced to two months in prison for damaging electric gates.

Jonathan King, a father of three from 61 An Sean Bhaile, Doughiska, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

He pleaded guilty to damaging the gates at Hazel Lodge, the home of Donal O’Connor in Kilcolgan, on December 5th, 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance on the same date.

At King’s sentence hearing, Detective Gerry Carroll gave evidence that King and a Michael O’Reilly went to Mr O’Connor’s home.

O’Reilly buzzed the intercom at the gates to be let in but was not admitted.

He then scaled the wall and a scuffle broke out between him and O’Connor near the house.

O’Connor got the better of O’Reilly in the scuffle and he escorted O’Reilly out to the gates.

On O’Reilly’s command, King reversed the Mercedes jeep he was driving into the gates, forcing them open.

Both men then drove away and went to a pub in Kilcolgan.

Det Carroll said Judge Mary Fahy already dealt with O’Reilly, who has since served a two-month sentence for his part in the incident.

Senior Counsel Bernard Madden, defending said O’Reilly had been O’Connor’s business partner.

He was owed a significant amount of money and on hearing O’Connor had been declared bankrupt, he became worried about his investment.

Det Carroll said King had 69 previous convictions, mostly for motoring offences, with two for drugs, two for criminal damage and two for theft.

He said King was currently serving a five-month sentence for driving without insurance.

Judge McCabe sentenced King to two months for criminal damage and disqualified him from driving for two years on the insurance charge.

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Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’

The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.

Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.

She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.

The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….

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148 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 2,488 nationwide with 61 additional deaths




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 61 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

Of the deaths reported today, 58* deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died was 83 years and the age range was 41-100 years.

There has been a total of 2,768** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 19th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,488 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 179,324*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,090 are men / 1,383 are women
  • 51% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 726 in Dublin, 314 in Cork, 148 in Galway, 133 in Limerick, 130 in Meath and the remaining 1,037 cases are spread across all other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 1,923 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 210 were in ICU at 11am. 85 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The number of cases and deaths that we are reporting today and the persisting high incidence rate of COVID-19 across the country shows that we cannot underestimate the highly infectious nature of this disease and the impact that it can have on families and communities.

“The virus spreads through close contacts, through the congregation of people. We need everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and to work from home, where possible. You should not meet up with friends or loved ones, unless you are caring for them. If you go out for exercise, you need to stay within 5km from your home, wear a face covering where appropriate and wash your hands when you return home to protect yourself from infection.

“If you are COVID positive you should self-isolate and stay at home, in your room, avoiding contact with other people. This is to protect the other people that you live with.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.


*There are 3 deaths where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,768 deaths reflects this

***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 179,324 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 19 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 19Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 19Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 19Jan2021)

5-day moving average 2,556

7-day incidence 424.8

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Route options published for Athlone-Galway greenway




Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of route options for a greenway connecting Athlone and Galway City have been published.

The five routes outline a variety of options for how the final leg of the overall Dublin to Galway Greenway will proceed.

The options vary – ranging from a straight line approach to looping routes which take in large parts of the north east or south east of the county.

The proposed routes will be available on over the next week.

The public are being encouraged to to have their say, with a public consultation process to start on Monday, January 25th.

Galway East Fine Gael Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this is a crucial phase of the groundbreaking Dublin to Galway Greenway….

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