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NUIG students at centre of High Court application over abortion referendum

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Students at NUI Galway are the focus of a court application against the result of the abortion referendum.
The High Court is due to hear separate applications this morning from three people seeking to challenge the result of the referendum on the 8th Amendment.
Last month, the people of Ireland voted emphatically for the eight amendment of the constitution to be repealed.
But three Irish citizens are seeking to challenge the result through the courts.
Charles Byrne, a musician with an address in Drogheda claims hundreds of students in NUI Galway weren’t properly registered.
Joanna Jordan of Upper Gleanageary Road in Dún Laoghaire claims thousands of Irish citizens were paid to return to vote.
And Ciarán Tracey, a retired public servant from Leitrim Village, claims an alleged omission from the State’s info campaign affected the outcome.
There isn’t an automatic right to have such challenges heard in the High Court.
For one to be allowed, the applicant must prove there is evidence that the issues being complained about materially affected the result.
Those arguments will be put forward later this morning.

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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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