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Two plead not guilty to unlawful killing of NUIG student

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two people have pleaded not guilty to the unlawful killing of an NUIG biomedical student in Mullingar in 2011.

20 year old Andrew Dolan from Carrick-on-Shannon in County Leitrim passed away in Dublin’s Beaumont Hospital in January 2012 from injuries sustained in the assault on December 23rd, 2011.

21 year old Jessica Hughes of Greenfield Heights, Rathwire, Killucan, County Westmeath and 23 year old Patrick Daly of Mulpheddar, Clonard, County Meath both denied a charge of manslaughter at Mullingar Circuit Court yesterday.

According to today’s Irish Independent, Patrick Daly also denied assaulting one of Mr. Dolan’s friends.

The court heard the NUIG student had been out socialising with friends prior to the incident which occurred outside a fast-food restaurant on Pearse Street.

The prosecution said Andew Dolan was struck six times by three people.

The court heard witness evidence that Andrew Dolan was heard shouting ‘Please don’t hit me’ as he backed away from his assailant.

Counsel for Jessica Hughes said CCTV footage would show his client was trying her best to prevent the fracas.

The trial resumes today before Judge Anthony Hunt.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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