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Outline of prosecution evidence given in rape trial

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The trial of a 40 year old man charged with raping a girl in the city two years ago continues tomorrow.

The jury heard evidence today the girl was at a sleepover in her friend’s house when the alleged attack took place.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded not guilty to raping the then 15-year-old girl at a house in the city on April 17, 2011.

Alexander Owens SC, prosecuting, said it would be alleged the girls were alone in the house with three other girls having a sleepover.

He said the accused arrived at the house that evening and was drinking rum while watching TV with the group of girls.

During the evening he made a pass at the victim by attempting to kiss her but she pushed him away.

Later that night some of the girls slept on a sofa downstairs while the victim and her friend went to sleep in a double bedroom upstairs.

The girl, he said, would allege she woke at one point to find the accused over her friend who was in a deep sleep.

She told him to get out of the bedroom and he ran downstairs.

She heard the back door close and went down to lock it, thinking the accused had left.

However, as she turned away from the door, she found the accused standing behind her.

He pushed her down onto the kitchen table which collapsed under them.

She then managed to flee upstairs to her friend’s room but the accused followed her and dragged her into the box room where he raped her.

The trial continues tomorrow when it’s expected the alleged victim will give evidence by video link.

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Uber taxi service launches in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin. 

The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.

The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year. 

Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.

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Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.

The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.

A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.

While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.

While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.

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Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.

The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.

A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.

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