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.
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.