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Search to resume for missing Tuam resident

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A search is resuming for a Lithuanian man living in the Tuam area feared drowned after he fell into the sea off County Clare yesterday.

Doolin Coastguard and Valentia Coastguard are taking part in the search this morning for the 47 year old.

The man was fishing with a friend at rocks near the lighthouse at Blackhead when he fell into the water at around 2pm yesterday.

The second man is understood to have panicked and drove almost 80 kilometres to Tuam and raised the alarm at the Garda station.

Shortly after 4pm, a major search involving the RNLI lifeboat based at Inis Mór in the Aran Islands, the Doolin unit of the Irish Coast Guard and the Shannon-based rescue helicopter, was launched but was called off at about 6 o’clock last night.

The man is understood to be a 47 year old Lithuanian national who had been living in the town of Tuam.

Tuam Gardaí are assisting in the search operation, and Valentia Coastguard and Doolin Coastguard resumed their efforts shortly before 10.

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Local TD says Citizens Assembly on Biodiveristy cannot become “stitch-up” of rural Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Michael Fitzmaurice says the Citizen’s Assembly on Biodiversity Loss cannot be turned into another “stitch-up” of rural Ireland.

The body was set up to examine how the State can improve its response to the issue of biodiversity loss, and to bring forward proposals.

Deputy Fitzmaurice says he’s not impressed with its first meeting – and its claims that Ireland is not the land of a thousand welcomes when it comes to nature.

He argues it would do the body and our urban experts a great deal of good to realise rural dwellers are the conservators and curators of the land.

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Court of appeal overturns decision to strike out Galway resident’s damages claim against the State

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Court of Appeal has overturned a decision to strike out Galway resident Peter Pringle’s damages claim against the State over his conviction and the 15-years he spent behind bars for crimes he did not commit.

Mr Pringle was convicted of the murders of two Gardai John Morley and Henry Byrne during a bank robbery in Ballaghadreen, in Roscommon in July 1980.

He was released from prison after his convictions were deemed unsafe and quashed in 1995.

The High Court had struck out a damage claim he brought over his conviction and lengthy incarceration on the grounds of inordinate and inexcusable delay in progressing his claim.

In a lengthy and detailed judgement, a three-judge court overturned that decision, on the basis that a key legal issue in the case that needed to be determined had not been addressed.

The COA remitted the case back to High Court for a fresh consideration.

Mr Pringle who is based in Glenicmurrin in Costelloe in county Galway was sentenced to death in 1981 for the murder of the gardai.

In proceedings brought against the State he claims the State was negligent and breached his constitutional rights because crucial evidence was not disclosed to him prior to his trial before the Special Criminal Court, where he was convicted of the Garda’s murders.

After his death sentence was commuted to 40 years in jail, he served 14 years and 10 months in prison, before the then Court of Criminal Appeal in 1995 found his convictions to be unsafe and unsatisfactory.

Two other men were convicted of the murders and were released from prison in 2013.

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Specialist unit at UHG under plan to improve care for young cancer patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An initiative aimed at providing the best possible care for young adults and adolescents with cancer in Ireland aims to deliver on their unique and distinct needs, with plans for a specialist unit at UHG.

A new HSE Framework will see a state of the art cancer care network delivered locally where possible, and centralised when necessary.

It would involve three new specialist units at St James’s Hospital in Dublin, University Hospital Galway and Cork University Hospital.

Around 200 children up to the age of 16 are diagnosed every year with cancer, and a further 180 to 190 adolescents between 16 and 25 years are diagnosed every year.

The National Clinical Lead for Children, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers at National Cancer Control Programme, Professor Owen Smith says the framework will result in better outcomes for those diagnosed with cancer.

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