Galway Bay fm newsroom – A drunken driver, who killed an elderly pedestrian and injured two Gardaí, has been given 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four-year prison sentence and disqualified from driving for four years.
Father of two, 44-year-old Adrian Nestor, from Keamsella, Kilcolgan, pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court last November to causing the death of 66-year old Liam McDonnell.
He also pleaded guilty to causing serious bodily harm to Garda Sharon Casserly, by driving dangerously near Ardrahan in the early hours of Monday, February 1st 2016.
Adrian Nestor further pleaded guilty last November to driving while drunk at the time of the fatal collision.
Sentence was adjourned to today for the preparation of reports and victim impact statements.
Superintendent Sean Glynn gave evidence staff at a local nursing home rang Gardai at 11.35p.m. on March 31, 2016, to say a resident had left the premises and they were concerned because he was wearing dark clothing.
Two Garda cars were despatched to look for Liam McDonnell and just over half an hour later, Garda Sharon Casserly and Garda Peter Murtagh located him.
He was down on on the ground on his hands and knees, on the hard shoulder about 1.5km on the Galway side of Ardrahan.
The patrol car pulled in on the hard shoulder, three to four meters behind Liam McDonnell, facing in the direction of oncoming traffic.
Its dipped headlights and blue flashing lights were on.
Supt. Glynn said that as both Gardai were getting Mr McDonnell into the patrol car, they were struck without warning by a silver Audi car.
The force of the impact caused Mr McDonnell’s death and his body was found in a nearby field.
Garda Casserly received severe injuries and her colleague could hear her screaming in agony as she lay further down the road on the hard shoulder.
Garda Murtagh sustained a broken leg, a large cut to his head and damage to his knees and ankles and he could not move to help his colleague.
Adrian Nestor, who sustained a minor head injury in the collision was later arrested and a blood sample showed a reading of 272 mgs. of alcohol per 100 mls of blood.
A brief victim impact statement from Mr McDonnell’s ex-wife stated that she was not looking for anything except clemency for Nestor’s young family, as jail would not help bring Liam back.
Supt. Glynn confirmed Nestor had no previous convictions and was married with two children.
Adrian Nestor apologised in court to Mr McDonnell’s family and to both injured Gardai who were also present.
Garda Sharon Casserly, who continues to suffer from injuries she sustained that night, read her own victim impact statement into evidence.
She listed out the multiple serious injuries she sustained, including a brain injury.
The court heard she also suffered a stroke while in hospital which left her paralysed on her right side for a time.
She had to cancel her wedding day which was due to take place the following June and her career prospects have been put on hold.
Adrian Nestor told the court he had contemplated taking his own life after that night.
He became anxious and depressed and turned to alcohol.
He was hospitalised twice for his mental health difficulties and while he no longer drinks, he continues to receive counselling and prescribed medications for depression.
Taking Nestor’s previous good record, his genuine remorse, his mental state and the very positive probation report into account, Judge McCabe said the interests of justice would not be served by imposing an immediate custodial sentence.
He imposed the maximum of 240 hours of community service in lieu of a four-year prison sentence for the charge of dangerous driving causing death and serious injury, along with a four-year disqualification.
The judge also fined Nestor €1,000 and disqualified him for three years for the drink driving charge.
4,731 cases of Covid-19 confirmed through PCR tests
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A further 4,731 cases of Covid 19 through PCR test have been confirmed by the Department of Health.
There have also been 3,395 cases registered through a positive antigen test online.
The five day moving average has dropped to 10,519 – down from 11, 231 yesterday.
Currently in Irish hospitals there are 845 people with the virus, 79 of whom are in intensive care.
The UK’s recorded a further 74-thousand-799 Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period.
That’s slightly down on yesterday’s official daily figures.
75 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test.
An Bord Pleanála considering proposal for strategic housing development in Oranmore
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is considering a proposal for a strategic housing development in Oranmore, which would involve 101 apartments.
The development at a site at Station Road, Carrowmoneash would also involve a creche facility.
Torca Construction Limited is leading the application for the development which would span over five blocks.
Two of the blocks would be four-storey, while the remaining three would be built as three-storey.
The plan also provides for a detached creche facility including a secure outdoor play area, as well as 133 car parking spaces.
There would also be a central landscaped courtyard and public open space with bicycle parking.
An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision in April.
LISTEN: Councillor Seeks In-Person Public Consultation on Salthill Cycleway Proposals
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – In-Person workshops could ease frustration with online consultation process over the proposal to develop cycle lanes in Salthill.
That is the opinion of Fianna Fail Councillor John Connolly who has called on Galway City Council to use Leisureland to host information workshops on the proposals.
He argues that while the opportunity is there for the proposals to be seen online, he has been contacted by residents who have been frustrated by the online process and there is now an opportunity to hold in person public consultations which will be more comprehensive, meaningful and informative on the proposal and options for the cycle way: