Galway Bay fm newsroom – A trial date has been set for the man accused of murdering a Portumna pensioner 3 years ago.
Michael Scott is charged over the death of Chrissie Tracey in April 2018.
At the time of her death, Chrissie Tracey was living alone at her farm at Boula.
She died after being struck by an agricultural vehicle on April 27th, 2018.
55-year-old Michael Scott of Gortanumera was later arrested and charged with her murder.
When charged, he said “I did not murder Chrissie Treacy. A genuine accident.”
Last January, his trial was postponed due to Covid-19 restrictions which saw the courts stop swearing-in juries to hear trials.
Today, it’s been confirmed that Michael Scott will stand trial at the Central Criminal Court on January 11th next year.
It’s expected his trial will last up to eight weeks.
Latest figures reveal 284 cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the chief medical officer.
Dr Tony Holohan says it’s estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20 per cent of cases reported in the last week.
It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.
53 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.
The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.
Minister tells Seanad no plan to build new primary school in Barna
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Minister has told the Seanad that there are no plans to build a new primary school in Barna.
Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan was speaking in response to a query from Galway based Senator Sean Kyne.
Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Kyne said Scoil Náisiúnta Shéamais Naofa in Barna is outdated in terms of classroom size, layout and energy efficiency.
He added that the school playground is sloped and it’s unsafe in wet and icy conditions as well as being unsuitable for children with physical disabilities.
Senator Kyne told Minister Madigan the school is located along a busy main road and that the site is too small to implement any additional safety measures to allow its pupils to cycle to school safely.
He said developing a new school building on a quieter site is the best option for Scoil Shéamais Naofa.
Speaking in response Minister Madigan said enrollment at the 259 pupil school had actually decreased in recent years and the department has no plans to development a new building for it at this time.
Continued drop in unemployment across Galway during May
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a continued drop in unemployment across Galway during May.
Drops were recorded in every area of the county.
The number of people unemployed across Galway last month was 8,379 – a drop of 573 when compared to April.
In the city centre, there are 4,168 people on the live register, a decrease of 290.
In Ballinasloe, the figure dropped by 79 – now standing at 996.
There was a drop of 65 in the unemployment figure for Tuam, which now stands at 1,257.
There are 868 people out of work in Loughrea, a drop of 59 on the April figure.
In Gort live register figures dropped from 661 to 589 month-on-month.
Meanwhile, in Clifden there are 501 poeple out of work, representing a drop of eight since April.