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Two still held over Milltown drugs seizure

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Two Chinese men are still being questioned at Millstreet Garda station in the city in relation to a major drugs haul near Tuam at the weekend.

Meanwhile, two other Chinese men appeared before a special sitting of Galway District Court yesterday on charges relating to the seizure of 3,000 Cannabis plants with an estimated value of 2.4 million Euro at a warehouse in Milltown on Saturday.

The two men, Zhi Qiang Lin (45) and Yuan Chen Wei (52) were both charged under Section 3, of posession, and under Section 17, of cultivation, of Cannabis under the Misuse of Drugs Act at Unit 7 of the N17 Industrial Park, Milltown.

Both men gave addresses in Portadown, Northern Ireland. 

Their solicitor Mr Brian Gilmartin said he understood that the men were only in this jurisdiction for a short time.

The court heard that the State was objecting to any bail, under the O’Callaghan principle, as the men were considered to be flight risks if they were given bail.

Judge Gerard Furlong remanded them in custody to appear before Harristown District Court this Friday April 26th.

 

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1314 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Tuesday 3 August, the National Public Health Surveillance Team is reporting 1,314* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 187 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU.

There has been a total of 5,044 deaths related to COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Today, the ECDC and EMA have strongly encouraged those who are eligible for vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated to start and complete the recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule as soon as they can. Full vaccination is the best protection for you and your community from COVID-19, including from variants such as Delta, which is dominant in Ireland.”

“It is important to remember that infections in vaccinated people do not mean that vaccines do not work. While no vaccine is 100% effective in this way, these breakthrough infections that occur are generally much less severe, and they are associated with less risk of hospitalisation. Vaccines work.”

“Vaccination programmes are one of the greatest public health developments of our time. Not only are the COVID-19 vaccines available to you in Ireland all highly effective and very safe, but they are our road out of this pandemic. Vaccination enables protection of the whole community, including the most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated is an important preventative tool personally, but it is also an act of solidarity from an individual to wider society – an act that keeps one another protected, and ensures the continued safe reopening of our society and economy.”

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Board backs city council decision to approve plan for new building at Galway Rape Crisis Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.

GRCC is dedicated to providing a professional and confidential counselling and support service for those in the community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.

The project involves the demolition of the existing substandard building and the construction of a new three-storey base.

City planners had approved the plan in late January subject to 21 conditions.

However, the project was later subject to a third party appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Concerns included the site’s zoning in relation to the provisions of the Galway City Development Plan as well as the preservation of the historical culture of the Claddagh village.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission with nine conditions.

One states the glazed facade to the top floor is to be vertical and not at an angle.

The roof is also to be lowered to a flat pitch with a maximum height of 12.75 metres.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • Katherine Zappone will not accept the appointment by the government to be UN Special Envoy. In a statement, she said it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.
  • An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
  • The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

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