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Woman hit by wing mirror of bus in city awarded almost €200 thousand compensation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A woman who was hit by the wing mirror of a bus while crossing a road in the city has been awarded almost €200 thousand in compensation.

54 year old Aideen O’ Kelly was struck by the wing mirror of a minibus as she crossed the road of Lough Atalia around 6pm on the evening of December 16th, 2015.

She was hit on the right shoulder and knocked to the ground; she subsequently required surgery and had to wear a neck brace for 12 weeks.

She sued Bus Eireann, who accepted liability but pleaded contributory negligence by Ms. O’ Kelly.

However, Justice Bronagh O’ Hanlon found she had taken all appropriate precautions as she attempted to cross the road at a natural point in a well lit area – and was left with ‘no chance of escape whatsoever’.

She further found the driver of the minibus was ‘entirely negligent’, failed to keep a proper lookout and failed to stay close enough to the left hand side in his own lane.

According to the Irish Independent, Ms. Justice O’ Hanlon awarded Ms. O’ Kelly total damages of €192, 500.

It was noted that while Ms. O’ Kelly has resumed work, there has been a stark transformation in her working and social life, including difficulty in day-to-day life as a result of her injuries.

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Galway anti-racism network to hold discussion next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Anti-Racism Network will host a discussion next week, on challenging racism in all its forms.

The public event will give a platform to people who have experienced racism and will provide the general population with a toolkit on how to combat racism.

Speakers on the night will include a resident from one of the city’s direct provision centres, a member of the Travelling community, and a young Muslim person who will discuss their experiences of living in Galway.

The talk is designed to educate the audience on the general themes of anti-racism.

The event will take place in the Harbour Hotel, next Tuesday 26th November at 7pm.

Spokesperson for GARN Joe Loughnane says the discussion help will people identify and deal with racism – for more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Rugby headguard developed by Galway firm to be trialed by World Rugby

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway company has come up with a new rugby headguard which it says can reduce the impact of head tackles by 75 per cent.

N-Pro, which is based in Oranmore Business Park, hopes the product can be used by senior international teams and improve safety in the game.

It comes as World Rugby is implementing a Global Law Trial for headgear over the next five years.

The N-Pro product is the first product to be trialed and will be used in competitive games at all levels globally.

The company was founded by Mark Ganly and Sarah Ganly in 2014 and has invested over one million euro in the research and design of its headguard.

To hear Chief executive Mark Ganly explain the impact protection of the headguard tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Public urged to take part in Irish language survey for Barna and Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The communities of Barna and Knocknacarra are being urged to take part in an Irish language survey.

The survey aims to better serve individuals, families and the community at large with their language requirements and services.

It’s led by Údarás na Gaeltachta which has designated over 40 townlands in the vicinity of Barna/Knocknacarra to develop and implement an Irish language plan for the years to come.

Plean Teanga Bhearna / Cnoc na Cathrach aspires to get people to engage more with the language on a daily basis.

The survey is available online at ptbc.ie and must be completed by Friday week (November 29th).

Chairperson of the Irish Language Plan for Barna / Knocknacarra, Uinsionn Mac Thómais says the Irish language can be used as a tool to get people to come together in a variety of different ways – for more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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