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Crack dealer asked to be jailed

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A heroin addict and dealer asked a judge to decide his fate sooner rather than later in the hope he would be sent to prison so he could get help to detox.

Daryl Goldbey (22), 78 Fana Burca, Knocknacarra, was due to appear before Galway District Court in August but asked for his case to be dealt with last week instead.

Judge Marie Keane granted his wish.

He pleaded guilty to having heroin and crack cocaine in his possession and to having the drugs for sale or supply. He also pleaded guilty to being a passenger in a car which he knew was stolen.

Sergeant Aoife Curley said Garda PJ Noone from the Divisional Drugs Unit stopped a car in which Goldbey was a passenger on May 9 last year at Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra.

He searched him after observing him trying to conceal items in his trousers.

Packets containing heroin and crack cocaine were found on the ground near where Goldbey dropped them.

He admitted the drugs were his. The heroin had a street value of €1,170 and the crack cocaine €1,100.

Sgt Curley said that in a separate matter, Gardai stopped a stolen car in which Goldbey was a passenger on February 14 last. He admitted knowing the car had been stolen.

Sgt Curley said he had 14 previous convictions for possession of drugs, trespassing and criminal damage. Most had been committed when he was a juvenile.

Defence solicitor, Martina Moran, said there had been a break in Goldbey’s offending between 2016 and 2019 when he successfully overcame his addictions. Unfortunately, he started to reoffend in 2019 because his addictions got the better of him again, she said.

He had attended a residential treatment programme in the past but once he became addicted to heroin his offending “ramped up”, she said.

“His instruction to me is that he knows what the court will be doing and he doesn’t want it kicked back to August. He wants to get help sooner rather than later in prison for his addictions.

“The temptations on the outside are too great,” she added.

Judge Keane sentenced Goldbey to four months in prison for the heroin dealing charge and took the remaining drugs charges into account. She fined him €100 for being a passenger in a stolen car.

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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