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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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Plans for 60 apartments at West City Retail Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for an apartment block at West City Centre Office & Retail Park in Westside.

The project would involve the demolition of the existing first floor office level, to make way for 60 new apartments.

The development would be primarily made up of two-bed and single-bed units spread across first, second and third floor level.

At present, Aldi is the anchor tenant of the retail park at ground floor level.

City planners are due to make a decision in January.

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Two Galway teaching graduates receive top awards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway teaching graduates have achieved ‘top of their class’ status at the annual Hibernia College conferring ceremony.

Along with that honour, Spiddal’s Aonghus Ó hEochaidh also received a placement performance award by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.

While Mary Corless, a teacher in Scoil Bhride in Tuam, was awarded for receiving the highest grade in the research module.

Both teaching graduates were awarded during their conferring at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

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Call for county council to have 24/7 contract to service traffic lights

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway County Council to have a 24/7 contract to service traffic lights.

Local Councillor Jim Cuddy is making the call after lights at Carnmore Cross were out of order from Friday last to Monday afternoon.

The Athenry/Oranmore councillor claims the temporary flashing lights put in place were “totally inadequate” in terms of road safety.

Councillor Cuddy says having no access to service on weekends is not good enough.

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