Date Published: 07-Jul-2008
Victims of crime have responded angrily to revelations that TDs, including 4 from Galway, have lobbied on behalf of prisoners.
Information obtained by the Irish Independent reveals that Noel Treacy, Frank Fahey, Éamon Ó Cuív and Paul Connaughton have all made representations to the Department of Justice.
Galway East TD, Noel Treacy, sought temporary release for an inmate who was given a 6 year sentence, with 3 and a half suspended, in Loughin House due to ill-health of his wife in February 2006.
This request was granted.
In May 2006, Galway West T.D and Minister, Éamon Ó Cuív, sought the transfer of an inmate nearing the end of his 24 year sentence in Limerick Prison to a training unit.
The request was declined due to an impending review by the Parole Board.
In June 2006, Galway East TD, Paul Connaughton lobbied on behalf of a prisoner in Limerick prison, convicted of assault who wanted to be transferred to be closer to his wife who had surgery.
His request was declined by the then Minister for Justice, Michael McDowell.
Galway West TD, Frank Fahey also made a representation to the Department of Justice in November 2006.
Deputy Fahey sought the early release of a man serving a 6month sentence in Castlerea for no car insurance, due to the fact his two children had severe illnesses.
That matter was to be discussed at the next prisoner review meeting.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.