Date Published: 06-Jun-2008
The Galway rape case at the Central Criminal Court, where the defendant is a Czech national, has been adjourned until Monday
At yesterday’s sitting a Galway woman claimed she was held up against her car and raped by a man she had kissed earlier in the night.
The 23-year-old man has pleaded NOT guilty to raping and sexually assaulting the 24-year-old woman on or about July 28, 2007 in County Galway.
The woman told prosecuting counsel Mary Ellen Ring she was with friends in a pub when a man came up behind her as she stood at the bar and put his hands up her sweater.
The complainant said they started talking when she was outside later having a cigarette and he kissed her.
He asked her to come home with him that night but she refused. When she left the pub on her own she saw the man outside and said goodbye
She said he walked her into a doorway where they kissed for a few seconds before she said she was going
She moved away from him and jumped over a fence to her car but he followed her and sexually assaulted her
She said she managed to turn around but he put her back facing the car and raped her.
Defence counsel, Diarmaid McGuinness told the jury his client admitted having sex with the woman at her car but insists it was consensual.
The trial will continue on Monday before Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy and a jury of eight men and four women.
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.