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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.