Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 38-year-old drug dealer has been found guilty by a jury of having almost €10,000 worth of cannabis hidden under a wall in Merlin woods.
Hubert Guinan, with a rental address at 1 Ros na Shee, Castlelawn Heights, had denied having cannabis in his possession and having the drug for sale or supply at Merlin Woods on February 23rd last year, during a two-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Hubert Guinan had also denied impeding or obstructing Garda PJ Noone by running from him, discarding items as he ran and behaving in an aggressive manner when approached by Garda Noone on the same date.
Garda Noone told the jury that he and Garda Noel McNulty were searching the woods situated at the rear of Merlin Park Hospital at 4pm on February 23rd last year.
Garda McNulty found a plastic shopping bag containing cannabis concealed at the bottom of a stone wall, covered by twigs and leaves and hidden by dense undergrowth.
The shopping bag contained almost 10 thousand euro worth of cannabis.
Both Gardai hid nearby and waited.
Two hours later they saw Guinan jog through the woods towards them on a pathway.
As Guinan located and picked up the bag both Gardai jumped out and identified themselves as Gardai.
Garda Noone said he ran and caught up with Guinan, whom he said, violently resisted arrest.
The jury returned a unanimous verdict finding Guinan guilty of all three charges.
Judge Rory McCabe remanded Guinan in custody to July 11th for sentence.
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Ros a Mhíl designated port for Northern Ireland vessel landings
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ros a Mhíl in Connemara has been designated as a port for UK registered Northern Ireland vessel landings.
It’s one of five additional ports nationwide which have been announced by Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue to join Killybegs and Castletownbere.
Under the new designation, Ros a Mhíl will be able to accommodate landings of fish from vessels under 24 metres.
Since January 1st, the UK is a third country and subject to ‘illegal, Unregulated and Unreported’ regulation and North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission requirements.
Minister McConalogue says the designation of Ros a Mhíl is an important decision, which will allow fishers in small vessels to continue their livelihoods in a safe manner.
Galway Minister believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte says they must reopen so parents have the choice as to whether they want to send their children back to school or not.
It comes as the re-opening of schools for students with special needs on Thursday is in doubt after a teaching union said it has “grave safety concerns”.
There are calls on the Education Minister Norma Foley to now produce an appropriate education plan for children with special needs.
Talks are to continue today ahead of the proposed re-opening of schools on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Minister Rabbitte told Galway Talks she will contact the Health Minister to find out where teachers will be placed on the vaccination schedule.
Health Minister announces funding for Galway Hospice
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister has announced that Galway Hospice is to benefit from a new annual fund of almost €11m to be shared among nine facilities nationwide.
Minister Stephen Donnelly says the funding is designed to take account of the potential impact of the loss of fundraising income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He further says it’ll also ensure when such activity is able to resume, it can be used to enhance and improve services rather than just fund core services.
The newly announced annual fund of €10.8m for nine facilities nationwide will be made in addition to existing funding for the voluntary hospice sector.
Those set to benefit are Galway Hospice, North West Hospice in Sligo, Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Marymount Hospice in Cork, St Francis Hospice in Raheny and Blanchardstown and Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow.