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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.