Date Published: 16-Jan-2009
A Galway Circuit Court Judge has apologised to the victim of a mugging for a Garda Pulse system failure which left his attacker free to carry out the attack.
Today’s Irish Times is reporting 19 year-old Shannon Walsh of Lus Leana, Headford Road, should not have been on the loose at the time of the assault in December 2007.
The Circuit Court heard the teenage mugger should have been in prison serving a two year sentence for assault, when he attacked and robbed a nightclub employee as he walked home from work, leaving him with a broken cheekbone and multiple cuts and bruises.
Shannon Walsh, who has 39 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to robbing a 32 year-old man of his jacket, ring, house keys, 14 euro and a headset at Dock Road on December 30th 2007.
His co-accused, 19 year old Nathan Fury of Claren, Claregalway and formerly of Tudor Vale, Oranmore, pleaded guilty to the same charge.
Judge Raymond Groarke sentenced Shannon Walsh to three years in prison, consecutive to the activated two year sentence.
Judge Groarke suspended the final two years of the sentence on condition Walsh keep the peace for five years following his release from prison.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.