Date Published: 25-Jun-2012
A nurse who was violently sexually assaulted by Loughrea man Brian Maher has told that a court she has become a “ghost” of her former self.
The woman was giving evidence in the Central Criminal Court at the sentence hearing of 25 year old Brian Maher of Clostoken, Loughrea.
Brian Maher had pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and assault causing harm to the woman, in Bohermore, Galway City, on October 16, 2010.
In her victim impact statement, the woman – who is now aged 38 – said it was “impossible to completely articulate” the impact Maher’s actions have had on her and that she has suffered “physically and emotionally”.
She said that he had disregarded her “liberty, well-being, life and human rights” and she was now a “ghost” of her former self as a result of what she described as a “savage” assault.
She said that any sentence handed down “will never return me to the happy independent” woman she once was.
Defence counsel Brendan Grehan said his client is deeply apologetic for the hurt and distress he caused to his victim and read out an apology on his behalf to the court.
Brian Maher is the son of Fine Gael cllr Michael Mogie Maher and Mr Grehan referenced this in court saying the accused, who has no previous convictions, comes from a family “which has some legacy of public service and community activism”.
He said the accused is willing to stay away from the victim and said he has undertaken a range of courses during his time in custody including a computer and addiction course.
Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy remanded him in custody until sentencing this Thursday.
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.