Date Published: 08-Sep-2009
A 46 year-old man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for a spate of criminal damage and public order offences, which included a threat to blow up Galway Gardaí.
Limerick native Christy McCarthy, formerly of Cobh, County Cork and more recently of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty before Galway District Court to ripping wires from the controls of a boat moored at Galway docks in June
The court heard Christy McCarthy went into the public office at the Garda Station on June 25th and started roaring and shouting at people.
When Garda Aidan Quinn told him to leave, McCarthy threatened to blow the place up and have every garda killed.
He violently resisted arrest and it took a number of Gardai to place him in a cell.
Defence solicitor, Ian Foley explained McCarthy suffered from schizophrenia and a bipolar disorder.
Inspector Pat McHugh said McCarthy had 21 previous convictions including one for manslaughter for which he had received a 10-year sentence with two and a half years suspended in Cork in 2002.
Judge Fahy sentenced him to a total of nine months in prison on all charges and backdated the sentence to July the 1st.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.