Two young city men are to be sent forward for trial charged with assaulting a man in Munster Avenue last July.
Jack Colleran (20), of 27 Westbrook, Knocknacarra and Kyle Lally (21), of 82 An Drisín, Knocknacarra, were both initially charged last year with assaulting Martin Burke, causing him harm, at Munster Avenue on July 4 last, contrary to Section 3 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, 1997.
The pair had been remanded on bail to appear before the court again last week while the State awaited the DPP’s directions in the matter.
Inspector Kevin Gately told the court the DPP had directed a more serious assault charge be preferred against the pair and that the original, lesser charge be withdrawn.
Detective Tom Doyle gave evidence of arresting Kyle Lally earlier that morning at the Courthouse and charging him with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Martin Burke, at Munster Avenue, Galway on July 4 last year, contrary to Section 4 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.
Lally, he said, made no reply when the new charge was put to him.
Garda David Foley gave evidence of similarly charging Colleran with the new charge. He made no reply either when it was put to him.
Judge Mary Fahy noted the State was withdrawing the Section 3 assault charge and that the DPP had directed the pair be sent forward for trial on the more serious Section 4 assault charge.
She remanded both accused on continuing bail to February 10 next for service of Books of Evidence. Free Legal Aid was granted to Colleran. His solicitor, Colin Lynch, said he was a student living at home.
Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team
Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.
The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.
Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.
Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.
“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.
It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.
“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”
She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.
“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.
There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.
Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968
As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.
From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.
When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.
Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.
A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.
Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later
Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man
Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.
Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.
He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.