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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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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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TD Claire Kerrane calls for inclusion of oil in Business Energy Support Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Governement to include oil as part of the new Business Energy Support Scheme.

Deputy Kerrane claims the support is excluding businesses based on energy usage.

The Roscommon/Galway TD has raised the issue in the Dáil, however Finance Minister Paschal Donohue says it’s not possible to include oil at this time.

She says it’s important we support businesses, especially over the winter months:

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