Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Latvian man, who was convicted of a rape in Galway city in 2004, has brought a High Court challenge against the decision to remove and exclude him from the State after he had served his prison sentence.
The action is being taken by 32 year old Deniss Kovalenko, who was convicted of raping an American student on Upper Canal Road on Valentine’s night 9 years ago.
According to the Irish Times, Kovalenko, who had been living in the city, claims the decision by the Minister for Justice to remove and exclude him is unfair.
In 2006, the Central Criminal Court heard Kovalenko met the woman in Shop Street at about 3am and bought her a rose from a street seller.
He later raped her at Upper Canal Road.
Mr Justice Barry White jailed him for seven years and directed Kovalenko be included on the sex offenders register.
Leave to bring the action was granted on an ex-parte basis by Mr Justice Paul McDermott, who adjourned the matter to October.
Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are continuing to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort.
Due to the depletion of water in the reservoir, there will be an outage until approximately 8 tonight to allow levels to recover.
Galway County Council working in partnership with Irish Water say there may be further outages overnight, but every effort will be made to restore supply to all areas as soon as possible.
Step forward in redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in the redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub, with the opening of the tender process.
The Department of Transport and URDF funded plan aims to transform the station area as integrated public transport hub.
Speaking as the tender process was announced Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ease of transfer between rail and bus at the upgraded train station will support the compact and sustainable growth of the city.
Subject to the tender process and funding approvals, Iarnród Éireann envisages awarding the main construction contract by mid-2023, with a construction phase of 30 months.
The work will include a new entrance and facade, new customer facilities, enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services and a new roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright spaces.
Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said this investment, along with progress in delivering BusConnects Galway, will provide more options on how people can travel to,from and around the city and county.
Clár na gComhlachtaí launched at Connemara school by Junior Gaeltacht Minister
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today saw the official launch of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the Student Enterprise Programme, provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).
The hands-on business learning experience was launched in in Coláiste Cholmcille in the Connemara Gaeltacht today by Minister for State for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers
Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages budding entrepreneurs in Transition Year in the Gaeltacht areas of Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford to develop their own mini-enterprises and compete in a national final.