In another case of the pot calling the kettle black, Galway City Councillor Pádraig Conneely has labelled cyclists as “vicious”.
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The former city mayor has a reputation among political rivals as having a bite that matches his bark, if necessary. He certainly doesn’t spare his foes.
And Pádraig showed teeth again at the Joint Policing Committee (JPC) when he attacked the behaviour of some cyclists.
The Fine Gaeler recalled an incident where he was driving his Passat along Market Street, and encountered a cyclist coming towards him, the ‘wrong’ way down a one-way street.
He rolled down the window to remind the biker that cycling contra-flow was a no-no. And what did he get for his troubles?
The cyclist “threw a kick at my car and told me to ‘F-off!”
For good measure, after his boot connected with the tyre, the cyclist told the elected member to “go ‘F’ myself!’.”
This led Pádraig to declare of cyclists: “They’re quite vicious”.
The sentiment of the cyclist towards Cllr Conneely may be unrelated to his penchant for two-wheeled vehicles – after all, there are quite a lot of non-cyclists who might like to tell Pádraig to ‘F-off’ while kicking his car.
But at least he’s consistent: back in 2014, Pádraig described some city cyclists as “cowboys”. “They cycle on footpaths, crash traffic lights, cycle the wrong way on one-way streets and are a danger to pedestrians and cars. And if you stop to say anything to them about their behaviour, they abuse you using foul and filthy language,” he said at the time.
Was this the second time Pádraig was verbally abused by a biker, or is he still traumatised, five years later, from the same tongue-lashing?
It took Joe Loughnane – of all people – to bring some balance to the debate at the JPC.
Councillors, he said, should be encouraging more cycling to tackle the city’s chronic traffic congestion by introducing more cycle lanes, and “not just bashing cyclists”.
It was, perhaps, just a coincidence, but Joe made his comments while Pádraig was out of the chamber . . . probably for the best to avoid bringing out his cross streak!
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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’
Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.
The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.
Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.
Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.
“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.
“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.
“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.
“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.
Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel
Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.
Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.
Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.
Three refused bail on violent disorder charges
Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.
Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.
Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.
An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.
Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.
Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.
Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.