Date Published: 25-Sep-2012
A judge has expressed concern that the phenomena of flares being set off by students during this year’s unofficial Rag Week in Galway could escalate in the future, resulting in serious injury to somebody.
Judge Mary Fahy made the comment at Galway District Court where an NUIG science student made a 300 euro donation to charity for breaching the peace during Rag Week celebrations on February 23 last.
Judge Fahy heard how 19 year old Thomas Hickey, a first-year science student at NUIG threw a flare into a large crowd of students who had congregated in Eyre Square in the early hours of February 23 last, during an unofficial Rag Week, organised by a splinter group of third level students.
Hickey, a native of Broadford, Co. Kildare was 18 at the time of this incident.
He pleaded guilty to breaching the peace on the occasion while a more serious charge of having an explosive device – the flare- was withdrawn by the DPP provided the facts surrounding the incident were outlined in court.
Hickey said the flare was thrown by someone else first and fell on the ground near him before he picked it up and threw it back into the crowd.
Judge Fahy said the use of flares in situations like this was a new phenomena which she would have serious concerns about.
Hearing Hickey had no previous convictions and had co-operated with Gardai, she decided not to record a conviction against him for breaching the peace on condition he make a €300 donation to the RNLI.
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.