Date Published: 29-Apr-2008
A young mother who told Judge Mary Fahy she did not think cannabis was a drug but always thought of it as a plant, pleaded guilty to cultivating the “plant” when she appeared before Galway District Court.
The comments made by Lorraine McKenna, of 95 Friar’s Hill, Rahoon drew a strong reaction from Judge Mary Fahy.
Following a talk with her solicitor Ms McKenna thought better of what she had said and apologised to Judge Fahy.
Hearing McKenna had no previous convictions for drug-related offences, Judge Fahy adjourned the matter to June 23, for the preparation of a Community Service Report to assess McKenna’s suitability to carry out work in her community.
She directed that if Lorraine McKenna is deemed suitable she is to carry out 130 hours of community service instead of a five-month prison sentence.
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.