Date Published: 30-May-2011
A woman who knocked two 13 years old schoolgirls to the ground, where she kicked them to the face and robbed one of her phone, was sentenced to 18 months in prison when she came before Galway District Court yesterday.
Josephine Mongan (22), with an address at 24 Gaelcarraig Park, Newcastle, had pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and with being drunk in public at Old Monivea Road on April 12 last.
Her co-accused, Joanna Crawford (21), with addresses at 47 Corrach Bui, Rahoon, and 20 Gilmartin Road, Tuam, pleaded guilty to robbery and with being threatening and abusive, and drunk, in public on the same occasion.
As she was being led away from the court by five Gardaí the mother of three shouted: “Sort the two little whores out.”Garda Denise Kellegher told the court that the two defendants approached the injured parties, who were dressed in school uniforms at the time, looking for cigarettes on the date in question.
When they replied that they had none, and as they attempted to get away, Mongan pulled one of them to the ground, causing her mobile phone to fall out.The two women became very aggressive, and demanded cigarettes and money. Mongan then turned her attention to the second school girl, also knocked her to the ground, and kicked both to their stomach and face. She emptied the second girl’s schoolbag onto the ground looking for her mobile phone, but did not find one. She then produced a broken bottle from inside her jacket and threatened both with it.
The teenagers fled to the home of one of their brothers. He took them out in his car to find the women, who were subsequently arrested.
The defendants were in such an intoxicated state at the time of arrest – having consumed a cocktail of drugs and alcohol – that a doctor said they could not be questioned for six hours.
The court heard that Mongan had 18 previous convictions, among them numerous for theft, for which she received prison sentences.
Judge Aeneas McCarthy imposed a nine month prison sentence each for the theft charges, and took the third matter into account.
Hearing that Crawford had 17 previous convictions, including those for assault, theft and public order – for which she received a suspended sentence in December – Judge McCarthy remanded the defendant in custody to appear before the Judge who imposed the penalty, Judge Mary Fahy, on June 8.
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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.