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Minister Shatter settles Connemara air accident civil claim

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, expressed has “sincere regret” for the events which led to the death of a 21-year-old trainee Air Corps pilot on a flight training mission in Connemara in 2009.

His comments were heard during a civil action taken by the father of the deceased at Galway Circuit Civil Court.

21 year old Cadet David Jevens of Glynn, Co Wexford, along with his flight instructor, 32 year old Capt Derek Furniss, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, died when their two-seater training plane crashed near Cornamona on October 12th, 2009.

Donal Jevens sued the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General following his son’s death.

At Galway Circuit Civil Court , Conor Roberts for the Jevens family, informed Judge Raymond Fullham that liability had been accepted, and that there was permission for judgement for his client for the maximum amount.

Counsel for Minister Shatter, Barrister John Kiely, read aloud a statement from the Minister which expressed his “sincere regret” for what happened.

It stated three separate investigations into this tragic accident had all agreed Cadet Jevens “bore no responsibility of any kind” for the accident.

The Minister agreed to pay maximum damages of €25,395 and also agreed to pay for the Cadet’s funeral expenses and his headstone, bringing the total to €36,535, plus legal costs.

Afterwards, Mr and Mrs Jevens said the Minister’s statement which totally exonerated their son, meant a lot to them.

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Galway one of just three counties with no confirmed case of Monkeypox

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is one of just three counties with no confirmed case of Monkeypox

That’s according to the latest report from HPSC.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre lists the county in a group alongside Mayo and Roscommon, with none of the three having a reported case.

In the most recently published weekly report, the HSPC confirms there have been 101 cases nationwide

To date, all cases are male, and have a median age of 36 years.

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Two Connemara beaches listed in top 15 wild swimming spots in UK and Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two of Connemara’s beaches are listed in the top 15 wild swimming spots across the UK and Ireland.

Trá an Dóilín in Carraroe came in at number six, while Dog’s Bay in Roundstone was named the 13th best out of the 800 waterways considered.

Six Irish beaches made the list, with Achill Island’s Keem Beach taking the crown.

To rank the beaches, reusable bottle company, Ocean Bottle, scraped water samples, cross-referenced their Google rating and number of reviews.

In a separate list of ‘hidden gems’, Aillebrack/Silverhill Beach was awarded the top spot.

While Gurteen Beach in Ervallagh and Trá na Reilige in An Cheathrú Rua also made the top 20 hidden gems list.

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West is first location for tourism initiative Slow Cabins

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The west is the first location in Ireland for new solar and rain-powered Slow Cabins.

The eco-cabins are set in a secret address on the west coast, with guests only given their exaction location in the days before their trip.

However those in Galway only have a short distance to travel according to Lisa Regan of SlowCabins.ie.

Sarah Slevin caught up with Lisa to find out more about the simple and peaceful getaways

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