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Uncle sentenced for abusing nieces at county locations

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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.

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Cocaine and cannabis seized after search of house and field in Turloughmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai have arrested two men after seizing suspected cocaine and cannabis herb worth over 122 thousand euro in Turloughmore.

The drugs and four thousand euro in cash were recovered at a house and field in Turloughmore last evening at around 5:30.

During the search of the house they located and seized €28,000 worth of suspected cocaine and €10,000 worth of suspected cannabis. Gardaí also seized almost €4,000 in cash, a weighing scales and mixing agent.

When Gardai started to search the house, one man fled into a nearby field

He was pursued by Gardaí, and observed discarding items in the field.

Gardaí recovered a further €84,200 worth of cocaine in this field following the pursuit.

This man, who is in his early 30s, was arrested.

Gardaí also arrested a second man, in his mid-30s, who was present in the house at the time.

Both were detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at North Western Regional Headquarters, in Murrough, Galway.

They have since been charged in connection with the drugs seizure and will appear before Galway District Court this afternoon.

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UHG hospital management now entering Level 4 ICU escalation plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hospital management at UHG are now preparing to enter Level 4 of their ICU escalation plan.

There are 133 COVID-19 patients at the acute city hospital with 17 cases in the ICU.

Critical care at UHG is now at Level 3 with a plan to move to Level 4 escalation shortly due to growing demands on the unit.

Saolta Chief Operating Officer Ann Cosgrove told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that significant staff absense is also presenting additional challenges.

She said the hospital is managing and commended staff for their dedication and care during the most challenging period of the pandemic so far:
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Ann Cosgrove has made an urgent appeal to the Galway public to stay apart, not to have visitors to your home and to recognise the real risk around you…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Galway’s COVID-19 14-day incidence rate down only marginally week-on-week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 14 day incidence rate has dropped only marginally week-on-week.

The latest figures from NPHET show Galway’s infection rate per 100,000 of population stands at 1041 – a drop of 4% since last Thursday.

2866 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks – including 1,222 over the last seven days.

At 1041, Galway’s incidence rate stands mid-table nationwide.

Monaghan has the highest rate at 2264, followed by Waterford at 1792, while Leitrim has the lowest at 468.

It comes as Galway is one of the only county’s nationwide which is experiencing an ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases – with 148 reported last evening.

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