Galway Bay fm newsroom – The mother of the victim of a murder which took place in Inverin has been allowed to make a significant amendment as part of her legal challenge over the State’s refusal to pay her compensation.
Magdalena Vonkova, from Prague in the Czech Republic, is the mother of Nicola Vonkova who was murdered when she was 19 by Jakub Fidler in July 2008.
He is serving life imprisonment after pleading guilty in 2010 to murder.
The victim’s mother has brought a High Court challenge against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal’s refusal of her application for compensation.
It was refused because Ms Vonkova and Fidler, who had been friends, were residing in the same house at the time of her death.
The compensation scheme provides no money is payable “where the offender and the victim were living together as members of the same household at the time the injuries were inflicted”.
It is claimed that Ms Vonkova and Fidler lived in the same house but were not members of a household in the strict sense, and that the refusal to grant compensation should be quashed.
In a ruling on a preliminary issue in the case, Senan Allen said lawyers for the mother are entitled to amend their claim.
The Judge said he was satisfied to allow another ground on which the compensation scheme can be challenged by the mother.
The additional ground is that the scheme is allegedly incompatible with a person’s right to remedy guaranteed by Article 47 of the European Union’ s Charter of Fundamental Rights and in breach of EU law.
The mother’s lawyers claim the amendment is just and necessary for the purpose of determining the case.
At Fidler’s trial, the Central Criminal court was told in 2010 that Ms Vonkova died from strangulation following a row about spying on Fidler’s computer.
The pair first met in the Czech Republic when they were both working at a Tesco store.
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.