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Beach bully faces prison for assault on boy (14)

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A man who attacked a 14-year-old boy in Blackrock last summer was identified thanks to a public service card that he had dropped at the scene, Galway District Court has heard.

Judge John King was not impressed to hear that the defendant had been on a peace bond from another court at the time.

“He has serious anger management issues – he was on a bond when he committed this offence, for violent disorder,” he said.

“I’d need a lot of persuasion why I should not impose a custodial sentence, and why he might be suitable for community service or a suspended sentence.”

Adam Conroy (20), with an address at 189 Grotto View, Battery Heights, Athlone, pleaded guilty to the serious assault on the boy, who is now 16, on June 9 last year.

Sgt. Finbarr Philpott told the court that the defendant had travelled down to Salthill with a large group of about 12 males to take advantage of the good weather. They were on the beach near Blackrock when there was interaction between themselves and a group of younger males, among them was the injured party.

“When the Athlone group were leaving, the defendant came over and assaulted the injured party,” he said.

“He was identified because his public service card fell on the ground during the course of the assault. It was picked up by the injured party, and the picture was identified to Gardaí as the person who assaulted him. The injured party was 14, and the defendant was 19 at the time.”

The court heard that Conroy had six previous convictions, among them for threatening and abusive behaviour in public. Most notably, however, he had been placed on an 18-month peace bond by another court on October 14 2015.

“It was still in place at the time of this incident,” Judge King noted.

Conroy’s solicitor, Olivia Traynor, told the court that her client had pleaded guilty at the earliest date, and was dealing with his anger and addiction issues.

“He’s asked me to say he’s very sorry, he was showing off, and didn’t realise how young the injured party was,” she said.

The injured party (16), who cannot be identified, said that his physical injuries had healed, but that he was now cautious around people drinking.

He said that he would accept the €1,500 compensation put forward by Conroy.

Despite his solicitor’s best efforts, Conroy continually interjected the young victim’s evidence to say he was sorry, at times turning around to address the teenager’s mother.

The Judge directed a general probation report to be submitted, along with a community service assessment.

“If he is lucky enough to get community service, he could be expecting the full 240 hours in lieu of six months in prison – that could be the best he could hope for,” he said.

“The court is not convinced that he should not get a custodial sentence. I want a very good probation report for him, that he engages fully, and that he engages, and is turning his life around, otherwise he is going to Castlerea (Prison).”

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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