Galway Bay fm newsroom – A polish national has been given a 3-year jail sentence for threatening his ex-wife at knifepoint at Galway Shopping Centre.
52 year-old Andrzej Mackowski, a mechanic and Polish national who has been living in Ireland for the past six years, with addresses in the city and more recently at Rathmoylan, Co. Meath, appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Mackowski pleaded guilty to threatening to kill his ex-wife, who’s the mother of his child, and to producing a knife during the course of a dispute with the woman at Galway Shopping Centre on August 8th, 2011.
Garda Anthony Kilcoyne told the court the woman had to jump into a passing car near the shopping centre to escape.
Mackowski, who had been returning the couple’s young daughter to her mother at the time, had threatened the woman that if she did not get into his jeep and come away with him and their daughter he would kill her.
He denied to Gardaí that he had a knife with him and he denied making any threats to kill his ex-wife. Garda Kilcoyne said Mackowski had three convictions in Poland for rape.
The court heard Mackowski had psychiatric difficulties.
Sergeant Ronan Mahon, read a victim impact statement to the court.
In her statement the woman outlined the physical and psychological cruelty she had been subjected to by her former husband who was 24 years older than her and she left him in 2011, taking their daughter with her.
Judge Rory McCabe sentenced him to three years in prison on each charge to run concurrently, recommending he receive further psychiatric assessment while in prison.
Iranian women’s rights activists based in Galway to hold a demonstration this afternoon in Eyre Square at 3pm
Iranian women’s rights activists based in Galway have called a demonstration this afternoon at 3pm in Eyre Square in solidarity and support of the Women.Life.Freedom Movement which has emerged in Iran following the death of Masha Amini.
The demonstration which is being supported by the University of Sanctuary Initiative in the University of Galway and Galway Feminist Collective will hear from Galway based Iraninan Human Rights Scholar Dr Nilourfar Omidi, a graduate of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and renowned Iranian Human Rights Activist Mansoureh Behkish.
Galway poet Sarah Clancy will also read at the demonstration.
The organisers are calling on the Irish government to stand with people in Iran and collaborate with the international community to take action to hold those responsible for these violations accountable.
One significant action which could realise this is for Ireland to issue a call to the UN to revise its decision in the election of Iran to membership of the UN Commission on the Status of Women, which is supposed to promote and secure women’s rights.
The group organising this demonstration welcome all members of the public who want to stand in solidarity with the women of Iran to join them on Sunday at 3pm in Eyre Square Galway.
Olympic Boxing Club welcomes Boxers from Ukraine for Tournament this afternoon
A team of boxers who are based in Ukraine are in Galway for a tournament that has been organised by the Olympic Boxing Club in Galway along with Smithfield Boxing Club from Dublin.
The boxers will face a select team made up of Olympic and Smithfield boxers and some invited guests and will get underway at 2.30pm following the opening ceremony at 2.
All the visiting boxers had to make their way from the war torn country and have been involved in a camp ahead of their tournaments today in Galway and next weekend in Dublin.
The tournament has been organised by John and Mike Mongan in Olympic and Igor Kamil from Smothfield, himself a Ukrainian national.
Igor explained the background to the tournament when speaking to John Mulligan:
INMO warns of a catastrophic winter as UHG records third highest number on trolleys for month of September
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are warning of a catastrophic winter ahead in our hospitals following figures released on Friday that recorded 10,515 patients on trolleys in the month of September.
This is the second worst September for overcrowding in Irish hospitals when 10,641 patients were without a bed in 2019.
University Hospital Galway recorded third highest number of patients with 1032 patients on Trolleys in September.
Only Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Limerick were higher with Limerick having the highest number in the country with 1,382.
The HSE is appealing to patients to consult a GP and consider all other options, before they attend an emergency department.