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.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.