Date Published: 17-Apr-2008
A Galway man has been convicted of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in her bedroom two years ago.
The jury in Dublin Circuit Criminal Court took three hours to return its 10 – 2 majority guilty verdict on day- three of the trial yesterday evening
The 42-year-old man had denied kissing the girl as she lay under the bed covers in her bedroom on April 15, 2006.
He was also acquitted by direction of Judge Patrick McCartan on a second charge of sexually assaulting the girl by touching her body on the same day.
Judge McCartan withdrew this charge from the jury following an application by defence counsel, Mr Martin Giblin SC, and directed that a “not guilty” verdict be returned on it.
Judge McCartan thanked the jury and remanded the man on bail to be sentenced next month.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.