Date Published: 06-Dec-2007
A man who mutilated a six-year-old girl during an aggravated sexual assault has been sentenced to twelve years in prison with the final three years suspended.
The 27 year old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced at Galway Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.
Evidence was first heard in this case last July when the accused, who’s a member of the Travelling Community and a cousin of the child’s mother, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the girl down a bog road near a Traveller encampment on May 10th last year.
Passing sentence, Judge Raymond Groarke said the case before him was about as bad and as dreadful as he was ever likely to deal with and the fact that the infant had been taken from her bed by a sexual predator and had been mutilated down a lane way, put it at the extreme end of human conduct.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.