Date Published: 15-May-2009
A man charged with having two shotguns and ammunition with intent to endanger life during a siege in Gort has been acquitted by a jury at Galway Circuit Criminal Court
Anthony Burke, aged 42, of 67 Crowe Street, Gort, had denied during his eight-day trial that he was in possession of two shotguns and 1400 shotgun cartridges with intent to endanger life at Crowe Street, Gort, between 11 p.m. on October 8, and 9 p.m. on October 9, 2006.
He also denied a charge of being in possession of the shotguns in suspicious
circumstances during the siege.
The jury of seven men and five women took just one hour and twenty minutes to find Mr. Burke not guilty of all three charges but they did find him guilty of being in possession of the shotguns in suspicious circumstances on October 9, 2006.
Following the verdict, Mr. Burke and his partner, Margaret Corless looked relieved and happy as they left the courtroom.
The Defence applied to the court to have sentencing on the single charge deferred to a later date so that a probation report could be prepared on Mr Burke, who was described as “blemish free” with no previous convictions.
Judge Groarke agreed to defer sentencing to July 27 next and directed the preparation of a probation report.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.