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Man who brandished knife at cops is jailed

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A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for threatening to stab a Garda in the head.

Ryan Goldbey (20), from 78 Fana Burca, Knocknacarra – who is already serving an eleven-month sentence for other offences – appeared in custody before Galway District Court last week.

He pleaded guilty to threatening to kill or cause serious harm to Garda Dave Foley and Garda Barry Carolan at his home on October 23 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to arming himself with a knife while three Gardai were trying to arrest his brother, Chris Goldbey, and with threatening the Gardai present by saying “I’m going to stick this f..king knife in your head”, in an effort to prevent the arrest of his brother while producing a very large knife and a spindle from the stairs in the course of the dispute.

Inspector Brendan Carroll said the DPP had directed the charges could be dealt with at District Court level on a plea of guilty only.

He said three plain clothes Gardai went to the Goldbey home to effect an arrest and one of the brothers got angry with Ryan for letting “the shades” into the house.

The court heard the defendant had thought the Gardai were there to search the house but when he realised they had come to arrest his brother, he became extremely aggressive.

He armed himself with a knife, which was larger than a breadknife, and ripped a spindle from the bannisters at the top of the stairs.

He threatened to stick the knife in Garda Carolan’s and Garda Foley’s heads as they tried to come up the stairs and threw the spindle down the stairs at them while waving the knife.

He then came at them with the knife and the Gardai called for back-up, but Goldbey was arrested before other Gardai arrived. No injuries were sustained, Insp Carroll confirmed.

Defence solicitor, John Martin, said the Gardai had come to the house to execute a bench warrant for Chris Goldbey’s arrest. Ryan, he said, let them in and told them where his brother’s room was.

“That would not have gone down well,” Judge Mary Fahy said.

Mr Martin agreed it did not. He said a third brother told his client to “cop on” and he did so before Garda back-up arrived.

“My client’s offending behaviour is always down to drink or drugs,” he observed.

In reply to Judge Fahy, Mr Martin said Gardai arrived shortly after 9am and his client was still feeling the effects of the night before.

Insp Carroll disagreed. He said Goldbey was not intoxicated that morning.

Mr Martin said Ryan Goldbey was the father of one child. He said his client was currently serving an eleven-month sentence for a serious assault and he was on a waiting list to see an addiction counsellor in Castlerea Prison.

Insp. Carroll said the accused had 15 previous convictions, including ones for drugs offences, thefts and one for having a weapon in his possession.

Judge Fahy said the maximum sentence the District Court would impose was 24 months and she asked Insp Carroll what the most serious charge was.

He said the threats made to Garda Carroll were the most serious.

Judge Fahy sentenced Goldbey to nine months in prison for that charge, making the sentence consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving.

She imposed a concurrent nine-month sentence for the threats made to Garda Foley.

A concurrent five-month sentence was imposed for trespassing at a house and damaging a front door at Cnoc Rua last New Year’s Eve.

A concurrent one-month sentence was also imposed on Goldbey for becoming aggressive with staff and breaching the peace at Cash Creators, Eglinton Street.

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“It will be akin to the notorious Rahoon flats”

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The Rahoon flats, which were built in 1972 and demolished in 1998, widely regarded as a failed social housing project.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – More than 700 local residents have signed a petition against plans for the construction of 330 apartments in Knocknacarra – which have been likened to “the notorious Rahoon flats”.

Child safeguarding concerns have also been raised by the principal of Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh – who pointed out that the apartments will look directly into 19 classrooms.

A total of 27 objections were lodged against Glenveagh Living’s plans to build 332 apartments in six blocks – ranging from four storeys to seven storeys in height.

Locals have demanded An Bord Pleanála hold an oral hearing into the plans – that planning authority is due to make a decision by March 20, although it can decide to hold such a hearing first.

A computer-generated image of the Glenveagh plans for the site opposite Gort na Bró and beside Gaelscoil Mhic Amhlaigh.

One of the objections – which accuses the developer of designing “tenement style” homes in a “blatant attempt to profiteer from the housing crisis” – was signed by more than 700 local residents.

Another objector said the development was “akin to the notorious Rahoon flats, with people being packed on top of each other”.

Locals have raised concerns about the huge number of apartments planned; overshadowing of homes; inadequate open space, playing pitches and community infrastructure; parking and traffic problems; low quality of design and road safety.

Glenveagh Living did not respond to a request from the Galway City Tribune for comment.
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Arts fraternity rallies as Theo faces deportation

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Less than a year after being invited by the Arts Council to perform at a conference about diversity in the arts, a musician, DJ and rapper – who is about to embark on a project for Galway 2020 – is facing deportation.

Theophilus Ndlovu left Zimbabwe after what he claims was a lifetime of abuse at the hands of the people who were supposed to mind him.

His mother left when he was just six years old and he never met his father. He was placed in the care of an unofficial foster family but it was never a happy arrangement.

“These people I stayed with were abusing me. They were never my family. I was running away from persecution and abuse and the way I was treated by these people. I had to fend for myself since I was ten years old,” he recalls.

When Theo was 20, he saved up enough money from mowing lawns and selling chickens to escape, arriving in Ireland where he sought asylum. Authorities placed him in a Direct Provision Centre in Finglas for a fortnight before he was transferred to the Great Western Direct Provision Centre off Eyre Square, where he has remained for nearly four years.

Almost immediately, Theo felt at home.

“This is my family. Galway is where I found my voice. It has become my home. It is just where I’m meant to be.”

Theo has immersed himself in the arts community and has become a leading hip-hop artist, known as Touché, performing regularly at venues such as the Róisín Dubh and the Black Gate. He was instrumental in getting fellow asylum seekers and refugees involved in music collaborations.

He is a founding member of the multicultural music project ‘Atmos Collective’ and has facilitated numerous music workshops in Galway, “teaching, motivating and inspiring hundreds of young people along the way”, according to co-founder Alice McDowell, an Australian filmmaker and fiddler.

The collective was recently granted funding by the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 committee to host community music workshops in the city and county over the next year as part of their ‘Small Towns Big Ideas’ scheme.
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The petition is available online HERE

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Regeneration funding sought for community centre

Stephen Corrigan

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A computer-generated image of the proposed communit centre in Newcastle

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – With a decision imminent on planning permission to build a new community centre in Newcastle, city councillors will be asked next Monday to support an application for major government funding to proceed with the project.

A motion by Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) will seek the approval of the City Council to make an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) – an overall fund of €2bn available for major infrastructural projects in cities.

Chairman of the Newcastle Combined Community Association (NCCA) Seamus Davey said that they expected a decision on their planning application by the end of January, and were hopeful of getting the support of councillors for this funding application.

“While planning permission hasn’t been granted yet – it has dragged on a bit because of a request for further information – we expect to have it approved soon.

“This project will be shovel ready and as soon as we get planning permission, we’ll have the engineering documents drawn up. As soon as we have funding, we’ll be putting it out to tender,” said Mr Davey.

The Council is set to reach a decision on the application on February 6.

The proposal for funding under the URDF has to come from the Council so it is crucial the project got the full backing of Council members, Mr Davey added.
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