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Woman orally raped by Galway native actor and singer Garrett Phillips hits out at the trial process

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A woman who was orally raped by Galway native actor and West End singer Garrett Phillips has told the court, the trial process made her feel like it was her fault.
The married father-of-two, who played Dr. Cathal in TG4s Ros na Rún, claimed the sexual activity that took place between them was consensual.
Garrett Phillips will be sentenced in July for orally raping a young woman who had fallen asleep in his van.
The incident happened in a Galway location after the 46 year old offered the then 20-year-old a lift in the early hours of November 5th 2015.
Former Ros na Rún actor Garrett Phillips, who recently played the role of Frank Sinatra on the West End in Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, was convicted last month but reporting restrictions were only lifted today.

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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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