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Man who threatened to kill relative at UHG has conviction overturned

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man who brandished a meat cleaver in the grounds of University Hospital Galway, while threatening to kill a relative, has had his conviction overturned on appeal.
32 year-old Aaron Ward with an address in Tuam, had pleaded not guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court to threatening to kill or cause serious harm at the A&E on February 8th 2015.
He was found guilty by a jury last year and sentenced to 6 years in prison but has now had that conviction overturned.

According to today’s Irish Examiner, the Court of Appeal quashed Aaron Ward’s conviction.
It was over the trial judge’s failure to engage with requirements of Section 16 of the Criminal Justice Act 2006.
That act allows for the admission of statements where the witness involved refuses to give evidence, denies making a statement or gave evidence in court which was inconsistent.
The appeal judge said the background to the offences was an ‘inter family feud’.
All three parties has sought to withdraw their statements.
The judge agreed to allow the appeal and Aaron Ward was admitted on bail.
The court will hear next week whether a retrial would be appropriate.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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