Galway Bay fm newsroom – A convicted rapist with a city address, who was awarded damages after being assaulted while serving his prison sentence, has brought a legal challenge over an alleged delay in a review by the DPP into complaints of perjury by prison officers.
The action has been taken by 48-year-old Darius Savickis with an address at An Fiodan Doughiska.
Darius Savickis wants the High Court to direct the DPP to complete a review into the decision not to prosecute prison officers over evidence they gave before the High Court in 2013.
Savickis was awarded damages after the jury hearing his civil action found he was assaulted by several prison guards on September 29th 2009 while he was serving a sentence at Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon.
The incident was captured on CCTV.
Originally from Lithuania, Savickis was serving a six-year sentence for orally raping a 23-year-old German woman when she was walking home from work in Galway in November 2005.
In High Court proceedings he claims that in 2017 the DPP agreed to review the decision not to prosecute anyone over the evidence given to the High Court.
He claims his solicitors wrote to the DPP in March, April and November 2018 asking about what progress had been made in the review.
In a response received in early January, the DPP’s office stated the review is “ongoing” taking longer than anticipated and would be “concluded early in the New Year.”
Permission to bring the action against the DPP was granted, on an ex parte basis, by Justice Seamus Noonan this week.
The Judge made the matter returnable to a date in March.
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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.
Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.
Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.
However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.
Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.
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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.
At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.
They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.
They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.
For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.
Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.
However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.
It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.
Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.