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Mervue native to be jailed for abuse after DPP appeals ‘lenient’ sentence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Mervue native, who was given a suspended sentence last year for abusing a boy in the 1980s, will now serve time in jail after that sentence was appealed by the DPP.
50 year old Anthony Spellman, formerly of McHugh Avenue, Mervue, but now living in the U.K is due to hand himself into gardaí on Monday.Anthony Spellman emigrated to England about 30 years ago after the abuse occurred.
He pleaded guilty last year at Galway Circuit Court to four sample counts of indecently assaulting a boy on dates between January 1985 and January 1986.
He was given a suspended sentence of 56 months by Judge Rory McCabe.
According to today’s Irish Independent, the Director of Public Prosecutions appealed the sentence arguing that it was ‘unduly leniant’.
The Court of Appeal agreed and has now resentenced Spellman to 56 months imprisonment, with the final 32 months suspended, meanign he will spend two years in jail.
Spellman is due to present himself to gardaí in Galway next Monday to begin his jail term.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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103 Galway residents to receive Irish Citizenship this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 103 Galway residents will become Irish citizens today.

Nationwide, 3,500 people from 130 countries will receive their certificates of naturalisation in Killarney over the next two days.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice James Browne says it will give them rights and legal protections.

He says people from other nations who’ll become Irish citizens will contribute to Ireland:

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