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JUDGE THREATENS TO CLOSE GALWAY COURT AFTER FRACAS

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Date Published: 29-Nov-2007

A judge has threatened to close Galway Circuit Criminal Court to the public next week while dealing with the trial of a man charged with the manslaughter of his cousin, if the dead man’s relatives do not behave
themselves and allow justice take its course.

Judge Raymond Groarke made his comments following violent, angry scenes which erupted at Galway Circuit Criminal Court today during a case involving 26 year old Thomas McDonagh, of 35 Lios na Run, Ballybane

26 year old ,Thomas McDonagh was formally charged in front of a jury, with the unlawful killing of his cousin, Joseph Sweeney, on March 27 last at Rocklands Avenue, Ballybane

As McDonagh replied “not guilty” to both charges, a young woman, believed to be a close relative of the deceased, lunged at the accused, grabbed him and started to scream abuse at him.

Two Gardai dragged the accused into the Press area in an attempt to get him away from the woman, while other Gardai were quickly on hand to restrain the woman.

The courtroom was packed to capacity at the time with solicitors, barristers, defendants in other cases and members of the public

There was mayhem for a moment in the courtroom as other people got involved in the fracas which spilled out into the hallway of the Courthouse.

Gardai quickly cleared the area and the young woman was escorted to the cell area of the building and was later taken from there to Galway Garda Station.

Security in the courtroom and in Courthouse was stepped up as extra Gardai were drafted in for a time

Judge Raymond Groarke asked the jury to come back next Tuesday when, he said, the trial would begin

Judge Groarke said he would not tolerate any outburst or anger or violence in his court while the trial was at hearing next week.

He said he understood how tempers could become frayed in such a tragic case

But, he said, he could not tolerate outbursts of anger and threats of violence which would prohibit the court from carrying out its function in the interests of justice

He threatened to close the court to the public if they do not behave themselves next week

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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