Date Published: 28-Mar-2012
A 70-year-old Connemara man who was given a suspended 11-month sentence for exposing himself to children attending an Irish school last summer, has been taken back into custody for allegedly breaching terms of the suspension.
Joe Finnerty, a bachelor from Turlough, Rosmuc, had been warned by Judge Mary Fahy at Galway District Court last February that he would go to prison if he reoffended during the next two years.
Finnerty was charged with breaching the peace and being drunk in public just days after his release back into his local community.
A bench warrant was issued at Galway District Court last week when he failed to turn up to answer the public order offences and he was brought in custody before the court today.
Sergeant Brendan Kineavy applied to the court today to have Finnerty remanded in custody stating that he had not complied with the strict conditions imposed on him when he received the suspended 11-month sentence in February.
Finnerty had pleaded guilty in February to three charges of indecently exposing himself to young girls, aged between 10 and 13, near his home on three occasions between July 14 and 27 last year.
He had also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a care assistant at Merlin Park Hospital, Galway on September 13 last year.
Judge Fahy suspended the entire 11-month sentence at the time for two
years on several conditions, including that he refrain from alcohol.
The judge remanded Finnerty in custody today to next Monday’s court when an application by the Gardai to have the suspended sentence activated, will be heard.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.