Date Published: 02-Apr-2012
A Galway builder and a lorry driver have been jailed for seven years after being caught red-handed with a pallet of cannabis which they had imported from Belgium.
46 year old builder Michael Connolly from Doon East, Roscahill and co-accused, lorry driver 51 year old Gerard Mooney from Ballyconlaught, Headford appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in December
They pleaded guilty to possession of cannabis resin for sale or supply to another which had an estimated street value of just over 120 thousand euro at the Maldron Hotel, Oranmore on March 22, 2011.
The court heard Michael Connolly was 1 million euro in debt to four separate banks at the time of the crime
He had got in over his head in building a large gated property for himself and his family in Roscahill and in renovating his in-laws retail business
When the property bubble burst he could not sell the house to pay off his debts and it’s currently being repossessed by the banks.
Detective Garda PJ Noone said Gerard Mooney told him Connolly was a “major operator” in the drugs trade in Galway.
He said Mooney had served a three-year prison sentence imposed on him in England in 2009 for possession of €1.7 million of amphetamines for sale or supply
Defence counsel, Feargal Kavanagh said Connolly suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after an attack in a pub in England
Judge Raymond Groarke said both men had been motivated by profit and greed and he sentenced both of them to seven years in prison.
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.