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.
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.