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A man charged with six counts of sexually exploiting a child for the production of child pornography over a two-year period, was remanded in custody with consent to bail when he appeared before Galway District Court on Monday.
The mother (37) of the girl was also charged in relation to neglecting the same child and more in her care on dates between 2006 and 2011.
Detective Garda Maria Flaherty gave evidence of arresting the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at 7.35am that morning. The defendant made no reply when charged with 45 counts under Section 246 of the Children Act 2001.
She is accused of neglecting, assaulting, abandoning, ill-treating or exposing the children at various locations in the city and county over the five-year period.
Inspector Ernie Whyte advised the court that the DPP had directed that all matters be dealt with at a higher court. He said that the State would not be opposing bail, but insisted on an independent lodgement of €5,000.
“The charges are of the most seriousness, and we believe it’s reasonable,” he said, after a request was made to accept a lower amount.
Judge Mary Fahy agreed with the State’s view, informing solicitor for the woman, Sean Acton, that he would have to apply to the High Court to have the figure reduced.
She then remanded the woman in custody, with consent to bail on her own surety of €500, and an independent surety of €5,000, the conditions of which are that she signs on at her local Garda station three times weekly, provides a mobile phone number to Gardaí, notifies them of any change of address, has no contact with witnesses, and any contact with family members is to be made through HSE officials at Tusla (Child and Family Agency), Newcastle Road.
Garda Denise Kelleher gave evidence of arresting the male defendant at his home on Sunday afternoon. His reply to all 17 charges was: “Load of rubbish, not guilty.” He was also remanded in custody, with consent to bail, on the same conditions.
On dates between 2006 and 2008, he is accused of six counts of sexually exploiting a child by inviting, inducing, or coercing her to engage in the production of child porn, contrary to Section 3(2) of the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998. He also faces charges of sexually assaulting the same child and another female between 2006 and 2009. Free legal aid was granted to him.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Party-goers in Galway hit with Covid fines

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most senior Garda has issued a renewed appeal this week for young people to desist from organising or attending any house parties as the local Covid-19 situation worsens – last week Gardaí were called to break up a number of gatherings in different parts of the city.

A total of 15 people were found to be attending one house party in the Salthill area last weekend while Gardaí were called to two other smaller gatherings – one in the Doughiska area and the other in Rahoon.

Cautions and Fixed Payment Notices (fines) were issued to a number of those involved. This week, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley has pleaded with young people ‘to stay away at all costs’ from such gatherings.

“We have very high Covid incidence rates in the Galway area over the past week; death rates from the disease are at their highest ever level; and the last thing we need now is groups of people coming together in confined settings.

“If one person has Covid at such a gathering then, in all probability, most others there will pick it up too and spread it their contacts and family members. I am pleading for people just not to do this.

“We are entering into our most critical period in trying to contain the spread of Covid-19, with the next month or so absolutely vital in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe and to try and avoid further loss of life,” he said.
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Community gives new lease of life to Merlin allotments

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – In 2018, the allotments in Merlin Woods were in danger of falling by the wayside, with declining numbers and underuse blighting a facility that had huge potential.

Since then, the community has pulled together to create a space that locals are proud of and one that its advocates are hoping could be a template for other communities across the city.

Chairperson of the Committee behind this new lease of life is Michael Tully, who says the allotments have become a focal point for area, bringing together locals from all walks of life.

“It’s all about netting the community together and the response we’re getting has been unbelievable,” says Michael, who joined the committee in 2018.

“I started off as a user of Merlin Woods, walking by the allotments and thinking to myself that it would be great to grow my own fruit and veg.

“I started talking to a few of the plot-holders like John Rabbitte, Martin Lohan, Jim McCormack and Daithí O’Brien and they told me how to apply. I applied to the City Council and got my allotment in early 2018 and there were about eight allotments in use at that stage, all of us working away on our own.”

Two years later, all 42 allotments are in use, but it took the cooperation of Galway City Council and Trojan work from the community to get it to this point, explains Michael.

“We came down here every Saturday to clear the paths, dig out the weeds and make the place better. The sense of community was unbelievable. Anyone who couldn’t dig was bringing down flasks of tea and cakes to those that were,” he laughs.
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National Transport Authority to progress Galway’s Park and Ride

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A dedicated unit established within the National Transport Authority will look at the potential of Park and Ride to help solve Galway City’s traffic congestion problem.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, said that Park and Ride facilities should not be restricted to the east, and sites needed to be located to the west and north-west to take account of commuters from Connemara.

Mr McGrath said Park and Ride would be advanced this year as part of the Galway Transport Strategy. He said that the Council, in conjunction with the dedicated unit within the NTA, would investigate feasible sites for the location of Park and Ride facilities.

Mr McGrath said that site selection and acquisition of land could commence in the second quarter of this year. He said he expected that Park and Ride would be progressed well before the Galway City Ring Road was built.

Director of Services for Transport, Ruth McNally, also said that the NTA was looking at the potential of sites in the city for Park and Ride and she insisted that money – or a lack of it – was not halting progress.

“Money is not a major issue for capital projects,” she said.

They were responding at Monday’s City Council meeting to councillors who lamented the slow progress on developing Park and Ride.
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