The trial of a priest charged with the sexual abuse of two brothers in a Co.Galway school in the 1970’s collapsed today at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
The priest had denied ten charges of sexual assault which were alleged to have occurred in 1970 and 1971 in the school.
Archbishop of Tuam, Dr. Michael Neary, a witness for the prosecution, gave evidence today on the third day of the trial.
The Archbishop confirmed he had made a statement to Gardai on January 19, 2006 in which he stated that at some time between August and September, 1995 he had been informed that one of the alleged victims had made an allegation of abuse against a priest, claiming he had been sexually abused by him between 1969 and 1974.
He said the alleged victim called to see himself in the Bishop’s Palace in Tuam on September 4,1995 to discuss the matter but had declined to name the priest involved.
The man eventually named his alleged abuser in May, 1996, to another priest appointed by the Archbishop to investigate the complaint.
The man made a complaint to Gardai in 2006 and when his older brother was interviewed by Gardai in relation to that, he too claimed to have been abused by the same priest.
Following lengthy legal argument today, Judge Rory McCabe directed the jury to find the accused not guilty on all charges and he walked free from court.
Less than 5 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 456* nationally, and 13 further deaths
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 13 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has now been a total of 2,099 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 4th December, the HPSC has been notified of 456* confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 73,948** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 219 are men / 235 are women
- 59% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 39 years old
- 197 in Dublin, 37 in Donegal, 33 in Limerick, 21 in Louth, 20 in Kilkenny and the remaining 148 cases are spread across 21 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU. 5 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*A technical issue that delayed uploading of laboratory results to the HPSC has been resolved. It led to a reduced number of cases reported in recent days. The reporting is reflected in a higher number of cases today. There has been no impact on the management of cases or the timeliness of contact tracing. Day on day variations such as these are taken into account in all epidemiological analyses.
**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the reclassification of 1 probable case to confirmed. The figure of 73,948 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 04 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 04Dec2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 04Dec2020)||New Cases during last 14 days(04Dec2020)|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 42.9.
NUI Galway Covid-19 Project Wins National Impact Award
A project that connects patients with their loved ones, against a backdrop of COVID-19 restrictions on visits to hospitals, has seen NUI Galway win a National Impact Award.
The project, known as ICU Familylink, won the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Award, in the ‘COVID-19 Response’ Category
The university worked with industry partners Cisco and IBM to deliver the state-of-the-art video call system, specifically for the intensive care unit setting at University Hospital Galway (UHG).
The Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards recognise and showcase the success in knowledge transfer carried out in Irish Higher Education Institutions and publicly funded research organisations for the wider benefit of the economy and society at large.
Dr Aoife Murray, delivered the initiative along with Irial Conroy, Breda McColgan and PJ McKenna of IBM, Brian O’Donoghue of Cisco and Frank Kirrane, Leonie Cullen and Dr Bairbre McNicholas of UHG.
They were supported by the wider Saolta, Cisco, IBM, UHG and NUI Galway staff, and other organisations that kindly provided supports with special thanks also conveyed to Niamh Connolly and Ian Gallivan of NUI Galway and the TTO office for the facilitation of making all of the project’s contributions available in the public domain.