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Minister Shatter settles Connemara air accident civil claim

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, expressed has “sincere regret” for the events which led to the death of a 21-year-old trainee Air Corps pilot on a flight training mission in Connemara in 2009.

His comments were heard during a civil action taken by the father of the deceased at Galway Circuit Civil Court.

21 year old Cadet David Jevens of Glynn, Co Wexford, along with his flight instructor, 32 year old Capt Derek Furniss, from Rathfarnham, Dublin, died when their two-seater training plane crashed near Cornamona on October 12th, 2009.

Donal Jevens sued the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General following his son’s death.

At Galway Circuit Civil Court , Conor Roberts for the Jevens family, informed Judge Raymond Fullham that liability had been accepted, and that there was permission for judgement for his client for the maximum amount.

Counsel for Minister Shatter, Barrister John Kiely, read aloud a statement from the Minister which expressed his “sincere regret” for what happened.

It stated three separate investigations into this tragic accident had all agreed Cadet Jevens “bore no responsibility of any kind” for the accident.

The Minister agreed to pay maximum damages of €25,395 and also agreed to pay for the Cadet’s funeral expenses and his headstone, bringing the total to €36,535, plus legal costs.

Afterwards, Mr and Mrs Jevens said the Minister’s statement which totally exonerated their son, meant a lot to them.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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