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GALWAY BUILDER AND LORRY DRIVER GET SEVEN YEARS EACH FOR DRUGS OFFENCES

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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.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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