Date Published: 17-Sep-2012
Four Vietnamese men have been remanded in custody charged in connection with the seizure of an estimated €264,000 worth of cannabis plants during Garda raids on houses in Oughterard and Dunmore over the weekend.
Garda Noel McNulty gave evidence at Galway District Court today of arresting and charging three of the men at Galway Garda Station yesterday.
Before the court in custody were 60 year old Son Thianh Trinh, 37 year old Tuan Tran
and 48 year old Lee Van Dung, all of no fixed above.
All three are charged with the cultivation of cannabis plants at Ballygally, Gleann Road, Oughterard last Saturday September 15.
They are further charged with having the drugs in their possession and having them for sale or supply to another on the same date.
The men made no reply when the charges were put to them.
Garda Barry Nugent gave evidence of arresting 29 year old Ngugen Van Nam, at
Addergoole Beg, Garrafauns, Dunmore, on the same date .
He too made no reply when the same charges were put to him.
On the application of Inspector Brendan Carroll Judge Mary Fahy remanded all four men in custody to Harristown District Court on Friday, September 21, to await DPP’s directions.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.