Galway Bay fm newsroom – The State has decided not to proceed with charges against 3 men in a sex exploitation case concerning a 16-year-old girl in Clare and Galway.
At Ennis District Court, the State solicitor said the Director of Public Prosecutions would not proceed with a case against the three men.
One of the men, a 46-year old from Clare, was facing 6 charges of defilement and two charges of sex exploitation of the 16-year old Co.Clare girl.
He was accused of engaging in a sexual act with the teenager at private residences and a business premises in Clare in 2014.
He was further accused of engaging in further sexual acts with the girl at a woods and a lake during the same year.
A 45-year old Dublin man also faced charges of defilement against the same girl on two occasions in hotels in Galway and Limerick in 2014.
The third man, a 40-year-old, was accused of child exploitation.
According to today’s Irish Times, State solicitor Aisling Casey told Ennis District Court that the workload in the case was significant, but the DPP was not proceeding with the case.
No reason was given for the decision.
Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.
Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.
Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.
The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:
Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.
Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997
She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.
Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.
Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.
Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.