Date Published: 09-Jul-2009
Galway District Court judge Mary Fahy says she’s worried about recent pepper spray attacks in Galway city
Hospital staff have been suffering from the effects of the spray while treating people who have been sprayed in the eyes with the highly irritant substance.
Judge Mary Fahy said she has heard that a whole area of the hospital had to be evacuated recently when doctors and nurses were overcome by the spray while treating two young people who had been sprayed in the eyes with the substance.
Judge Fahy made her comments while hearing evidence of how the Eye Cinema in Galway city had to be evacuated at around 10 p.m. on January 20 last year after a 19 years old student sprayed pepper spray into the air vents leading to the cinema from an underground car park.
Mark Gavigan, 79 Monalee Manor pleaded guilty to having pepper spray in his possession in a public place at the Eye Cinema, which was adapted for use to cause injury or incapacity to a person, contrary to Section 9 (4) of the Firearms and Offensive Weapons Act, 1990.
He also pleaded guilty to having pepper spray in his possession later the same night at Kelleher’s filling station Salthill, and with assaulting the Polish assistant causing him harm
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.