Date Published: 04-Mar-2008
An uninsured boy racer who was chased at high speed by Gardai from Galway city to Shrule in Co. Mayo and back again, has been sentenced to twenty one months in prison.
20 year old Hugh O’Sullivan, of Cloonee, Headford, pleaded guilty to twenty charges of dangerous driving and to driving without insurance on July 22 last year.
The 90-mile chase began at around 12.30 a.m. at Ballybrit Industrial Estate in Galway City.
Garda Gerry Staunton and Garda Jason Kelly found O’Sullivan doing ‘donuts’ with his Toyota Starlet car in the middle of a circle of boy racer cars.
O’Sullivan, who was accompanied by a female front seat passenger, drove straight at the Garda car at speed and only veered away from a head-on collision at the last second.
He then left the estate at high speed and the chase that ensued
The court heard the accused was not covered by insurance to drive the Starlet that night.
Judge Fahy imposed consecutive sentences on seven of the dangerous driving charges and on the insurance charge, totalling 21 months detention.
She also disqualified O’Sullivan from driving for seven years.
Leave to appeal the sentences was granted and O’Sullivan walked free from court yesterday evening, pending an appeal hearing.
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.