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ANGRY TURFCUTTERS MAKE BLOCKADE AGAINST NPWS OFFICIALS IN PORTUMNA

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 29-Jun-2011

The campaign against a ban on turfcutting on some bogs in Galway is gaining momentum with more than 100 people protesting in Portumna this afternoon [29/6]

The National Parks and Wildlife Service held at clinic at the Shannon Oaks Hotel in Portumna to provide bog-owners with information on compensation and relocation.

However, the NPWS officials met with resistance from angry turfcutters who want the decision to ban turfcutting reversed.

Loughrea Gardaí were called to the scene but the protest passed off in a largely peaceful way.

The NPWS staff were allowed into the hotel after an initial stand off, but turfcutters continued to protest outside.

Councillor Michael Connolly was at the protest and he says the mood was one of anger:

The campaign against a ban on turfcutting has been gaining momentum in Galway over the past few weeks, with a similar protest taking place in Glenamaddy yesterday.

 

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Judge adjourns Connemara assault case

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

 

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