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CITY PAEDOPHILE SENTENCED FOR 18 MONTHS

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Date Published: 08-Mar-2013

A 35 year old city man has been sentenced to eighteen months in prison for sexually assaulting two of his neighbour’s children over a three-year period.

The man, described by a psychologist as a "regressive paedophile", cannot be named in order to protect the identity of the victims who were his next-door neighbours’ children.

The father of four had initially denied three charges of sexually assaulting one of the girls at two different locations on various dates between 1st of June, 2007 and 31st December, 2008.

He had also denied the sexual assault of the second girl, who is not related to the first victim, on October 3, 2009 at a third city location.

Moments before his trial was due to begin before a jury at Galway Circuit Criminal Court on May 22 last year the man pleaded guilty to two of the charges, in respect of each girl, and admitted the facts in the remaining two.

Reports handed into court stated he still posed a risk to children and was classed as a "regressed paedophile".

Defence barrister, John O’Donnell said the man had lost his job as a result of the offences and he had written a letter to the judge stating he would not reoffend and wanted to get on with his life.

Justice Groarke sentenced the man to eighteen months in prison for the first offence and to nine months in prison for the second offence, both sentences to run concurrently.

Even though the plea was extremely late, the judge said he was suspending the final six months of the sentence for two years.

The accused is already registered as a sex offender.

Leave to appeal the sentence was refused.

 

 

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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