Date Published: 07-Jul-2008
The Central Criminal Court trial of a Polish man accused of raping a woman in Galway last year has heard that the alleged victim appeared flushed after both of them had gone at the same time to adjoining toilets.
The 41-year-old accused has pleaded NOT guilty to four charges of rape, sexual assault, assault causing harm to the woman and robbing €120 from her in a Galway town on May 9, 2007.
A publican told gardai the woman came to her kitchen some time before the premises opened and drank two vodkas while they chatted.
The publican’s statement said the complainant then drank some more vodka in the pub before going to the toilet where she stayed for between 10-15 minutes.
She didn’t reply to the publican who asked what if anything had happened to cause her to emerge in a flushed state.
The publican said she saw both the complainant and the accused outside when the doors were being closed.
The hearing continues before Mr Justice John Edwards and a jury of seven men and five 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.