Date Published: 24-Jan-2013
A jury has heard that the woman who denies murdering her former lover by stabbing him eighteen times with a kitchen knife, had received 37 phone calls from him in the hours preceding his death.
31 year old Maura Thornton, a native of Inverin, Connemara, denies the murder of 59 year old US national, Kevin Joyce at a rented apartment at 183, Upper Salthill , on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
The Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway heard that Maura Thornton had answered six of the 37 calls and the remainder had gone to her voice mail.
Detective Peter Conlon said the accused had received 120 phone calls in 24 hours and she had made 55 calls on her phone during the same period.
He said Joyce had also phoned Thornton’s mother’s phone nine times that Sunday afternoon. The last call was recorded 8.40p.m an hour and a half before he died.
Det. Sgt. Tom Molloy gave evidence about a series of public order type incidents involving Thornton and Joyce when their relationship ended earlier that summer.
While Joyce had caused disturbances around the city while the accused was in the company of other men, no formal complaint had ever been made to Gardai about him.
Blaise O’Carroll, defending, said on the day before Mr Joyce died he had damaged a kitchen window in his client’s apartment and had taken €54 from the windowsill.
Thornton was going to make a complaint to Gardai the following Monday, but was overtaken by the events on Sunday night.
Closing the prosecution case today, Mr Greene said there was a thread running through the trial that was suggestive of intoxication on both sides.
The trial continues before Mr Justice Barry White and is expected to conclude tomorrow.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.