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Tuam woman gets suspended sentence for crash which killed mother

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 65-year-old woman has been given a suspended two-year sentence and disqualified from driving for ten years for dangerous driving which led to the death of her 80-year-old mother last year.

Ann Shaughnessy, of 39 Tierboy, Tuam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

Ann Shaughnessy, who suffers from recurring bowel cancer had taken double the amount of prescribed medication prior to the accident at Cloonmór, Tuam on June 20 last year, which caused the death of her mother, Mary Shaughnessy.

She had been disqualified from driving for four years in 2010 for driving without insurance and had a conviction for being drunk in public also.

She was not insured at the time of the fatal crash near the Belclare junction on the N17, Galway to Tuam road.

The court heard a passenger in a car travelling behind Ann Shaughnessy’s car that afternoon, began filming her erratic driving on his phone moments.

The video footage recorded Shaughnessy’s car drifting across the road on a sweeping bend, and drive along the hard shoulder on its incorrect side before colliding with three oncoming vehicles.

Her car then went across the road to its correct side and ended up in the ditch.

Mrs Mary Shaughnessy was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered multiple injuries in the collision.

The court heard she had suffered from Alzheimer’s for 20 years and her daughter had returned home to Tuam to mind her after the break-up of her own marriage in London.

Defence barrister, John Hogan said his client had suffered a lapse in concentration which was perhaps, accentuated by the heavy medication she was on at the time.

Imposing the sentence which he suspended for two years, Justice Raymond Groarke said the woman was on quite an amount of medication at the time and perhaps, she fell asleep.

The judge warned Ms Shaughnessy that if she was spotted driving in the next ten years she would serve the two year sentence, which he suspended.

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Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.

Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.

40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.

Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:

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Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.

Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.

Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.

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Councillor organises cross border information clinic in Castledaly for HSE waiting list patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gort-Kinvara area councillor Geraldine Donohue has organised an information clinic for today for people who are on the HSE Waiting List and looking for faster treatment or surgery in Northern Ireland.

The Independent councillor is calling it a Cross Broder Clinic as it will be attended by representatives from Kingsbridge Hospital Belfast

The information clinic is being held at St Thomas GAA Club in Castledaly in Loughrea today from 9.30am to 4.30pm

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