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GARDA EVIDENCE AT DAY TWO OF CITY MURDER TRIAL

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Date Published: 22-Jan-2013

A woman who denies murdering her former boyfriend by stabbing him 18 times with a kitchen knife, admitted carrying out a frenzied and violent attack on him, the Central Criminal Court sitting in Galway heard today.

31 year old Maura Thornton, from Inverin, Connemara, denies the murder of US national 59 year old Kevin Joyce at an apartment at 183, Upper Salthill on July 31, 2011.

Maura Thornton told Gardai she only meant to give him a few "prods" with the kitchen knife to make him go away and she never intended to kill him.

Garda Greg Fleming who was the first Garda to arrive at the apartment around 10.28pm, shortly after Mr Joyce was stabbed, told the jury he found the victim in a collapsed state on a balcony area outside

He came inside and saw Maura Thornton who was intoxicated sitting on a couch smoking.

There were cans of cider and two bottles of whiskey on

a coffee table in front of her.

When he asked her what had happened to Kevin Joyce, she replied, "He annoyed me all day, banging, banging, annoying me. I told him I’d kill him. I stabbed him. I did whatever I did. I told him I would."

When initially charged with causing serious harm to the victim she replied, "He will get serious harm. Is he dead or alive? Hopefully he’s dead."

When charged in the following days with his murder she had replied, "May he rest in peace."

Ambulance paramedic, Mike Smith told the jury yesterday he found Mr Joyce lying on his back with a pool of blood behind his head.

He noticed several stab wounds to his left upper body.

The trial continues tomorrow before Mr Justice Barry White.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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