Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis “grow houses” in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.
Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.
A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.
Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.
1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.
Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.
From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.
Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.
However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.
Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.
Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.