Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 48 year old Gort man charged with the possession of child pornography has been given a three year suspended sentence with strict conditions attached.
Noel Murphy with an address at Sheehaun, Ballysheedy, Gort appeared for sentence before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
In January last year, Noel Murphy pleaded guilty to the possession of 641 pornographic images of children at his home on March 25th 2010, contrary to Section 5 of the Child Trafficking and Pornogrpahy Act 1998.
Sentencing was adjourned on a number of occasions.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court today, Garda John Keating told judge Raymond Groarke that the defendant has not come to garda attention since.
The accused defence Barrister told the court that Mr. Murphy has engaged with the probation services and attended all scheduled appointments.
He also advised that a treatment programme has been identified and that records are available to show he has had no internet access, as was directed by the court last December.
Judge Groarke said the material was serious enough, not of the highest end but in the middle range. He noted that diagnostic assessment and counselling would continue into the future.
He then imposed a three year suspended sentence based on a number of conditions.
These include that Murphy is placed under the supervision of probation services for three years.
He is also to reside at an address to be notified and agreed with the probation services and undertake the safer lives programme or any therapeutic programme deemed appropriate.
The judge also stated that he is not to own or have access to an internet accessible device.
He is also to maintain contact with community health services and not to come to the attention of the Gardai.
30 new jobs as Domino’s Pizza opens in Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Domino’s pizza has opened a new store in Oranmore, creating 30 jobs for the locality.
The new premises is located in Oranmore Town Centre.
The jobs added include pizza chefs, customer service staff and delivery drivers.
Justin Ward, Franchisee at Oranmore Domino’s said: “We’re excited to open a new store in Oranmore, allowing us to deliver our delicious menu of handcrafted pizzas to even more of our loyal customers across Galway.
“We’re also on the lookout for exceptional people to be part of our in-store team. More than 80% of our store managers start their careers as an in-store team member, so these roles offer a great opportunity for ambitious people looking to grow and build a career with the nation’s best-loved pizza company!”
Gardai to ramp up checkpoints across city in run-up to Christmas
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Gardai are to ramp up checkpoints across the city in the run-up to Christmas.
Over the next few weeks, they aim to carry out over 1,500 checkpoints to test for alcohol and drugs.
This afternoon’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee heard that drug-driving is becoming far more common.
Roadside tests can now detect a far greater range of drugs than before, and in a much faster timeframe.
Garda Chief Superintendant Gerry Roche had this to say following the meeting.
Galway GP warns of dangers of recreational use of laughing gas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway GP Martin Daly is warning of the dangers of laughing gas on people’s health.
It’s as there has been an increase of patients suffering nerve damage after inhaling nitrous oxide gas.
It is illegal to sell laughing gas for human consumption, but it is easily obtained online and is growing in popularity for use as a recreational drug.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Martin Daly explains the negative impacts the drug can have on those who use it regularly.