Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 37-year-old man who broke into his local fast food restaurant in Carraroe and stole €300 has been sentenced to two years in prison with the final year suspended.
Keith Ryan, a native of Ballybane in Galway city who has been living at An Rinn, Carraroe, for the last four years, appears before Galway Circuit Court.
Ryan had denied a charge of burglary which involved the theft of €300 cash and criminal damage to CCTV cameras and two cash registers, at Bia Anois, Bothar Bui, Carraroe, on September 10, 2012, during this trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last December.
The jury took just over an hour to convict him and sentencing was adjourned for the preparation of a probation report.
Before passing sentence, Judge Rory McCabe said the report handed into court was very negative and he asked defence barrister, Jennifer Higgins if her client had any intention of ever engaging with the probation service or repaying the €300.
His barrister, Jennifer Higgins spoke to him following Judge McCabe’s observations and then confirmed to the court that he still had no intention of repaying the money or engaging with the service.
Imposing sentence, the judge said it was highly unusual for someone to receive a custodial sentence for a first offence but given the fact that Ryan had not co-operated with the probation service in the interim and had made no effort to repay the €300 to the restaurant’s owners.
Galway City Councillors Give Green Light To Trial Cycle-way in Salthill.
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Councillors have voted to proceed with a trial cycle-way in Salthill.
4 local cycling groups had called on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.
17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion by Mayor Collette Connolly at this afternoon’s city council meeting.
The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.
Campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.
City Councillors to vote on controversial plan for Salthill Prom cycle-way
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway city councillors will vote this afternoon on controversial proposals to bring a temporary cycle-way to Salthill
Galway Cycling campaign, Galway Urban Greenway Alliance, Knocknacarra Bike Bus and East of the Corrib Bike Bus are calling on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.
The campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.
The plan has raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.
City councillors are set to vote on the proposal at a meeting this afternoon.
Hopes new action plan could create hundreds of jobs in Galway Gaeltacht village
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: It’s hoped up to 300 new jobs could be brought to a Galway Gaeltacht village with the implementation of a new action plan.
The plan for An Cheathrú Rua as a place to live, work and visit was revealed earlier today by Comharchumann Mhic Dara in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Areas to target in the plan include language and culture, tourism, enterprise, the arts as well as services and infrastructure and marketing.
As part of the plan a new study has found that more than 300 new sustainable jobs could be created if this plan is developed successfully over five years.
Seán Ó Domhnaill, Manager of Comharchumann Mhic Dara says the plan includes the input of local business people, members of the local community and various local and State organisations.