Galway Bay fm newsroom – The efficacy of the Stay Safe Programme, taught in primary schools to equip children with the skills to avoid and/or report sexual abuse, empowered one child to come forward and report her uncle.
The 50-year-old man, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the child and her sisters, has been sentenced to three years in prison for sexually abusing all six girls, then aged between nine and 15, on various dates over a 12-month period between 2010 and 2011 in the county.
The man, who appeared on crutches before Galway Circuit Criminal Court having recently undergone a hip operation, pleaded guilty to six sample charges of indecent assault against his nieces at various locations in a rural area of Co. Galway.
Garda Noelle Barrett told the sentence hearing the man began to abuse the children shortly after arriving at their family home to help the girls’ mother, who is his sister.
The abuse came to light when one of the children was taught the Stay Safe Programme in fourth class in her Primary school.
She and her siblings then reported the abuse.
Judge Rory McCabe imposed concurrent, three-year sentences for each of the six charges.
Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.
The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.
In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.
Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.
1,432 new cases of COVID-19 nationally; 30 deaths in the past week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,432* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 272 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU.
There has been a total of 5,209 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 30 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:
“We have been closely monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 and we are reassured that that the reopening of schools has not led to an increase in transmission of COVID-19 amongst school-going children or more widely across the population. This is good news for students, parents and all those involved in the education of our children. As always, we will keep disease transmission in the population under review, but given the importance of education for our children we feel that now is the right time to evolve our approach to the public health management of COVID-19 in educational settings.
“From Monday 27 September, we will change how we manage COVID-19 in our schools. Contact tracing of close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education and testing of asymptomatic close contacts in childcare facilities and primary education will no longer be necessary.
“Children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as close contacts in childcare, educational settings, special education settings or other non-household settings and who are asymptomatic will no longer be required to routinely restrict movements.
“Given the substantially higher risk of transmission in households as compared to any other setting, children aged 12 yrs or under, who are identified as household close contacts, will still be required to restrict movements and be tested, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
“Public health advice remains that any person, including children aged 12 yrs or under who displays symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should rapidly self-isolate and not attend school or to socialise until 48 hours after they are symptom free.”
Gardai at scene of public order offence at Tuam Graveyard
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are currently at the scene of a public order incident at Tuam Graveyard.
FYI Galway understands the incident, which involves large numbers, broke out after a funeral.
The emergency services are also at the scene, and there are unconfirmed reports of injuries.
The situation is causing long traffic delays in the area.