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JURY HEARS EVIDENCE IN LETTERFRACK ABUSE TRIAL

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Date Published: 20-Mar-2013

A former inmate of Letterfrack Industrial School told a jury today that a Christian Brother who regularly abused him, nicknamed him "Tuppence" after telling him he was not worth tuppence.

The trial of a 73 year old former Christian brother charged with the sexual abuse of the young boy began today before a jury at Galway circuit criminal court.

The man, who is now 59, said he was sentenced to four years’ detention in Letterfrack in Connemara, when he was nine years old for stealing a bicycle from outside a Dublin church during morning Mass.

He returned the bicycle that evening to his local Garda Station but was charged with its theft. He said he was known to the children’s court since the age of six for mitching from a Christian Brother school and the theft of the bicycle earned him the four-year sentence which he began on December 21, 1963.

His mother beat him when he told her on his release about the sexual abuse. The now 73-year-old former Christian Brother has pleaded not guilty to six charges of indecently assaulting the boy, at Letterfrack Industrial School on dates unknown between August 30, 1965 and April 4, 1967.

Prosecuting barrister Conor Fahy, told the jury at the man’s trial that the accused is now a former Christian Brother who had worked at the Industrial School in Letterfrack during the 1960’s.

Since leaving there he had taught in other parts of the country. The trial at Galway circuit criminal court is expected to last two to three days.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.

Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.

Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.

The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.

Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.

It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.

Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.

Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.

It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.

Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.

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