Date Published: 25-May-2011
AN alert passerby helped foil a house raid in the Abbeyknockmoy area this week as three men in a van were on the verge of making off with several hundred euro worth of goods.
The three man gang had seized items for scrap and other goods from the house at Abbey Road, less than a mile from Abbeyknockmoy village on the main N63 road, shortly after 2pm on Tuesday last. The house was vacant when the gang called.
However the owner of the house – along with some friends and relatives – arrived at the scene within a matter of minutes after having received a call from another neighbour who had passed by a short time earlier and noticed the strange van ‘pulled in’.
Two vehicles were then parked at roadside exits from the property preventing the van from driving off, and shortly after, a number of Garda squad cars, as well as the armed Garda Regional Support Unit, arrived at the scene.
They surrounded the gang and arrested them on the spot without a struggle – a variety of goods were recovered from the van by the Gardai.
The three men – understood to be from the Newcastle West area of Limerick – were then taken to Tuam Garda Station where they were questioned for a number of hours under the Criminal Justice Act.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.