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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Galway records high levels of domestic abuse
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,000 incidents of domestic abuse have been reported to Gardaí in Galway so far this year.
Nationally Gardaí have dealt with an average of nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents every day this year – with the highest levels reported in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Louth.
New figures show 24,686 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the Gardaí between the start of this year and September 9th.
These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring order.
Over a third of the incidents were in the Dublin region, involving just under 9,000 cases.
2,021 were in Cork, with 1,152 in Louth and 1,074 in Galway.
Minister of State for Justice, Hildegarde Naughton, says tackling domestic abuse, and providing supports for victims, is a key priority for the government.
Woodquay urban animation project set to be delivered by summer 2022
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An urban animation project in Woodquay in the city is set to reach completion in time for the 2022 summer season.
The project is one of seven nationwide and secured over one million euro in funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme which aims to re-invigorate urban areas and increase their tourism appeal.
The pilot five million euro scheme, which opened for applications in April, will also fund projects in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Dublin.
These will involve a variety of large-scale outdoor performance spaces, public art and light installations.
The Galway city project will a signature lighting installation at Woodquay Park featuring a hand carved steel sphere.
This aims to reflect the stories and traditions of Galway alongside a traditional Galway Hooker and performance space.
Director of Product Development Orla Carroll says urban animation will play an increasingly important role in transforming and re-imagining our public spaces as safe, welcoming and vibrant places to visit.
EY Ireland expansion to deliver new jobs at Galway base
Galway Bay fm newsroom – EY Ireland has announced the creation of over 800 jobs nationwide with 210 roles to be spread across its regional offices in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
The expansion will bring the headcount in EY to over 4,200 across the island of Ireland.
The 414 experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of June next year, while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.
EY Ireland says increasing demand for its services and fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, were key to its decision to expand.