Galway turf cutters trials adjourned indefinitely
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The trials of four County Galway turf cutters, which were due to be assigned hearing dates later this year, have now been adjourned indefinitely.
The Director of Public Prosecutions is awaiting the outcome of a High Court review of the validity of similar charges being brought against their Kerry counterparts.
Earlier this year, turf cutters in Kerry sought a judicial review to test the constitutionality of charges brought against them under E.U conservation legislation.
The four Galway men, who were the first to be prosecuted since the EU habitats directive imposed restrictions on turf cutting on 53 Irish bogs in 2011, were due to stand trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last March.
43 year old, Michael D’Arcy from Ballycahill, Killimor, 57 year old Padraic Byrne from Main Street, Killimor, 43 year old Pat McDonagh from Portumna and 44 year old Tony Porter from Woodford, face prosecution in relation to alleged incidents of turf cutting at Clonmoylan Bog, near Killimor on May 22nd, 23rd, and August 2nd, 2012.
However, the successful move by two Kerry turf cutters to apply for judicial review of the prosecutions being taken against them, put a stay on the Galway men’s trials pending the High Court’s ruling
Judge Rory McCabe said it would make sense to adjourn the matters generally with liberty to re-enter pending judicial review.
Man missing from Loughrea located safe and well
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man missing from Loughrea since earlier this week has been found safe and well.
25 year old Shane Walsh was last seen in Portumna on Wednesday 29th March, prompting a Garda appeal.
Gardaí have now confirmed he’s been located safe and well.
UHG third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country this month, with more than a thousand patients without a bed.
The INMO says nationally, overcrowding records were broken once again for the month of March.
Almost 13,000 admitted patients were treated on trolleys this month, and over 440 of those were children.
The INMO says this was the worst March since it began counting in 2006, and overcowding levels cannot be allowed continue.
At UHG, 1,048 patients were without a bed, with a further 207 patients at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The worst figure was recorded at University Hospital Limerick, where more than 2 thousand patients were waiting on trolleys.
Green light for Galway’s first Wetherspoons at Eglinton Street
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for Galway’s first Wetherspoons pub at Eglinton Street in the city.
The project will involve the transformation of the former Carbon Nightclub premises.
Wetherspoons bought the property in 2019, but COVID-19 saw the plans shelved for several years.
Planning permission was finally sought last summer for the multi-million euro plan, which has now been approved by city planners.
“The Three Red Sails” will be a two-storey bar and restaurant with a rooftop terrace – and Galway’s student population have been identified as the main target market.
The latest the bar would open would be 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, with earlier closing times Sunday through Thursday.
A number of local submissions were lodged – including a local business that took issue with some elements of the plan, but ultimately wished them well.
There were also submissions from local residents living near the premises, who raised concerns around noise pollution and anti-social behavior.
In the end, city planners have cleared the way for Wetherspoons to set up their first premises in Galway – with 23 conditions attached to the approval.