Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot will be sentenced in May for breaching aviation safety regulations by flying at low altitude over crowds of people attending Ballinasloe Horse fair two years ago.
39 year old Michael Mannion of Castlesampson, Bealnamulla, Athlone appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 2004.
Mannion pleaded guilty to operating a helicopter in a public place at a height less than 450m, above the ground or water, over a congested area of Ballinasloe town on October 2, 2011.
He pleaded guilty also to flying the helicopter in the vicinity of the town centre, at such a height which would not have permitted, in the event of engine failure, for a safe, forced landing to be carried out.
Mannion also pleaded guilty to flying the helicopter within 150m of the radio mast at Ballinasloe Garda Station and to flying it closer than 150m to a Ferris wheel in the town where people had congregated on the same date.
The pilot further pleaded guilty to flying the helicopter over the centre of the town where a large crowd of people had assembled for the Horse Fair that day, without the consent of the Irish Aviation Authority.
Defence barrister, John Kiely said the court would benefit from a probation report before passing sentence.
Judge Rory McCabe agreed and he adjourned sentence to May 8 next, directing the preparation of a probation report for that date.
UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.
47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.
Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.
Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.
Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.
Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.
Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.
Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.
It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….
Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.
The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.
In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.
Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.