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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.