A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
The matter has since been referred to the Supreme Court and its decision on Mr Folan’s application is still awaited.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Three arrested after seizure of almost €1m of cannabis in Kilcolgan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three people have been arrested after almost €1m of cannabis was seized in Kilcolgan.
It follows a search carried out late yesterday afternoon which uncovered a growhouse in the area.
Members of the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises in Kilcolgan at around 3.30pm as part of Operation Tara.
They discovered a sophisticated growhouse operation and seized suspected cannabis plants worth €950 thousand.
Two men, both in their 40’s, and a woman in her 30’s, were arrested at the scene.
All of the drugs seized will be sent for analysis and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says the seizure is a significant blow to those trafficking illegal drugs in Galway – and Gardaí will continue to work to tackle and dismantle drug networks.
Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.
That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.
They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.
Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.
Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.
At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.
He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.
But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.