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Mother of Inverin murder victim allowed to make amendment to legal challenge over compensation

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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.

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Public meeting in Ballinasloe to discuss concerns about waste facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting about a controversial licence for a waste facility in Ballinasloe will take place next week. (26/8)

It’s being organised by the ‘Ballinsloe Says No’ campaign group to discuss environmental and health concerns in relation to the planned waste facility.

Last year, the High Court overturned a decision by the county council granting the waste permit, however a new application for a licence has now been submitted.

The meeting will take place in Gullanes Hotel in Ballinasloe next Monday evening at 7 o’ clock.

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Over €50 thousand worth of Cannabis seized in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than 50 thousand euro worth of cannabis plants have been seized in Gort.

The drugs were found when Gardaí searched a house in the area earlier today.

No further details are available, but no arrests have yet been made and investigations are ongoing.

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Traffic delays expected in Oranmore following major watermain burst

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists are being advised to expect traffic delays in Oranmore this evening following a major watermain burst in the village.

Crews are currently working at the site of the burst at the Maldron Hotel and it’s expected the works will take a number of hours to complete.

Residents in the immediate area are being advised they may be without water until late tonight.

Traffic management measures are currently in place.

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