Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway men have been convicted of illegal fishing on the Clare River last year.
James Fahy, Ballindooley was convicted of three offences on two dates in June and August 2013, while Michael McGath, Polkeen, Castlegar was convicted of one offence in August 2013.
Fisheries Inspector Pat Gorman told Galway District Court that on June 18 last, fishery officers observed a man using a net on the Clare River.
When approached, the man attempted to reverse his vehicle down a side road, but fishery officers intervened and one, Paul Reynolds, was assaulted.
James Fahy was apprehended, and a search of the vehicle revealed a net, 6 large salmon and 2 large trout.
He pleaded guilty to illegal possession of the fish, and to assault and obstruction.
He pleaded guilty to a further charge of illegal possession of a net at the same location on August 11th, when he was again observed by fishery officers fishing and then concealing a net.
Judge Fahy fined Mr Fahy €1,750 with €600 costs, and ordered him to pay €500 compensation to Mr. Reynolds.
The Judge commented illegal fishing hits already depleted fish stocks, and affects tourism.
At the same court sitting, Michael McGath was convicted of illegal possession of a net on August 11th, and fined €100 with €600 costs.
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Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.