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Sentencing for sexual assault at Salthill beach deferred

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 32-year-old man, who sexually assaulted a Spanish woman on a secluded beach in Salthill, has been remanded in custody to await psychological assessment.
In May, Tommy Hughes, from Corbally, Cummer, Tuam, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
At that court he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the 26-year-old woman at Illifanamona Island – a scenic stretch of shoreline between Blackrock diving tower in Salthill, and the nearby caravan park at Silver Strand – on Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
The court heard the young woman was sitting alone on the scenic but secluded beach at around 4.30p.m. when Hughes grabbed her from behind and simulated sex with her through her clothing.
He had pulled his t-shirt up over his face.
The woman bravely fought off her attacker, biting him on his hand, arm and lower chest
Garda Mark Cunniffe described the incident as “a serious, violent and sustained assault”.
She was knocked to the ground as she successfully kept her tracksuit bottoms in place while the accused tried to pull them down on several occasions.
Hughes eventually ran off but later handed himself into Galway Garda Station in the city where he claimed he had tried to rob a woman earlier.
The woman, who has been living and working in Ireland for five years, read her own very detailed and emotive victim impact statement to the court.
She said she could no longer work full-time in her job and she would always be afraid of men and would never be able to trust one again.
Defence barrister, Brendan Browne said his client had a history of depression and was not welcome at home due to his abuse of alcohol.
Judge Rory McCabe said it warranted a 8-year sentence before mitigating or aggravating factors were considered.
He remanded Hughes in custody until October 9th for the preparation of the relevant reports.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are continuing to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort.

Due to the depletion of water in the reservoir, there will be an outage until approximately 8 tonight to allow levels to recover.

Galway County Council working in partnership with Irish Water say there may be further outages overnight, but every effort will be made to restore supply to all areas as soon as possible.

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Step forward in redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in the redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub, with the opening of the tender process.

The Department of Transport and URDF funded plan aims to transform the station area as integrated public transport hub.

Speaking as the tender process was announced Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ease of transfer between rail and bus at the upgraded train station will support the compact and sustainable growth of the city.

Subject to the tender process and funding approvals, Iarnród Éireann envisages awarding the main construction contract by mid-2023, with a construction phase of 30 months.

The work will include a new entrance and facade, new customer facilities, enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services and a new roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright spaces.

Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said this investment, along with progress in delivering BusConnects Galway, will provide more options on how people can travel to,from and around the city and county.

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Clár na gComhlachtaí launched at Connemara school by Junior Gaeltacht Minister

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today saw the official launch of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the Student Enterprise Programme, provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

The hands-on business learning experience was launched in in Coláiste Cholmcille in the Connemara Gaeltacht today by Minister for State for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers

Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages budding entrepreneurs in Transition Year in the Gaeltacht areas of Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford to develop their own mini-enterprises and compete in a national final.

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