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Trial date for former Craughwell developer to be set on Friday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A date will be set on Friday for the trial of former Craughwell property developer, Kevin McGeever, who is charged with wasting Garda time in relation to a six-month-long investigation into his alleged kidnapping last year.

68 year old McGeever, with a former address in Craughwell and more recently in Clontarf, Dublin 3, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

The court was told the matter was not ready to proceed and it was agreed by both defence and prosecution teams that the matter would be adjourned to this Friday’s court call-over list.

McGeever is charged with knowingly making false reports and statements to Gardai on various dates between January 29 and February 28, 2013, which tended to show that he had information relating to allegations of false imprisonment, assault and threats to harm.

He is further charged with wasting Garda time by knowingly making false reports and statements, during the same period.

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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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