Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 58-year-old Connemara man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the sexual abuse of a schoolboy over a four-year period during the 1970’s.
James Kelly, a native of Cashel, in Connemara, who has lived in Galway city since 1981, and now resides at 22 Beal Srutha, Ballybane, Galway appeared for sentencing before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Kelly had denied sixteen charges of indecently assaulting the boy at several locations, on dates between January 1976 and December, 1979, during a three-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last December.
Sentencing was then adjourned to this week for the preparation of reports.
In an impact report read to the court by Detective Garda Michael O Grioffa, the victim said the abuse had sent him on a very destructive course through life.
Judge Rory McCabe sentenced Kelly to two years on each of the first fourteen counts, to run concurrently and he then imposed two, consecutive two-year sentences on the remaining two counts, bringing the total to be served to six years.
The sentence was backdated to last December when Kelly was remanded in custody following the jury’s guilty verdict.
30 new jobs as Domino’s Pizza opens in Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Domino’s pizza has opened a new store in Oranmore, creating 30 jobs for the locality.
The new premises is located in Oranmore Town Centre.
The jobs added include pizza chefs, customer service staff and delivery drivers.
Justin Ward, Franchisee at Oranmore Domino’s said: “We’re excited to open a new store in Oranmore, allowing us to deliver our delicious menu of handcrafted pizzas to even more of our loyal customers across Galway.
“We’re also on the lookout for exceptional people to be part of our in-store team. More than 80% of our store managers start their careers as an in-store team member, so these roles offer a great opportunity for ambitious people looking to grow and build a career with the nation’s best-loved pizza company!”
Gardai to ramp up checkpoints across city in run-up to Christmas
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Gardai are to ramp up checkpoints across the city in the run-up to Christmas.
Over the next few weeks, they aim to carry out over 1,500 checkpoints to test for alcohol and drugs.
This afternoon’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee heard that drug-driving is becoming far more common.
Roadside tests can now detect a far greater range of drugs than before, and in a much faster timeframe.
Garda Chief Superintendant Gerry Roche had this to say following the meeting.
Galway GP warns of dangers of recreational use of laughing gas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway GP Martin Daly is warning of the dangers of laughing gas on people’s health.
It’s as there has been an increase of patients suffering nerve damage after inhaling nitrous oxide gas.
It is illegal to sell laughing gas for human consumption, but it is easily obtained online and is growing in popularity for use as a recreational drug.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Martin Daly explains the negative impacts the drug can have on those who use it regularly.