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Oughterard man jailed for injuring pedestrian

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A 42-year-old man, who drove off after seriously injuring a student at a pedestrian crossing, has been sentenced to five years in prison with the final two years suspended.

25 year old Stella Hoffman, a German Erasmus student was crossing at the pedestrian lights at Terryland on the Headford Road at 9pm on January 15th last year, when she was hit by a car driven by security guard, John Folan, from The Orchard, Oughterard.

Ms Hoffman’s pelvis was broken in two places.

She also suffered fractures to her skull, nose and right cheekbone in the impact.

Folan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving which caused serious injury to Ms Hoffman.

Defence barrister Geri Silke said her client worked as a security guard for many years in a factory and took a simple view of things.

She said he lived at home with his parents and had brought €10,000 to court for the victim as a token of his remorse.

She said he panicked and went into shock.

Judge Rory McCabe said that leaving the scene of an accident in a panic was a natural human reaction but the way in which the accused had acted afterwards was morally reprehensible.

He sentenced Folan to five years in prison but suspended the final two years on hearing he posed a low risk of reoffending.

He disqualified the accused from driving for five years and refused leave to appeal the sentence.

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LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.

Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.

The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.

Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.

He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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