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Date Published: 02-May-2008

Nine Galway men have been convicted and sentenced for drug-dealing under Operation Scarf.

The men were among thirteen people arrested in dawn raids at a house in the city in late May last year.

30 year old Jonathan King, of 61 An Sean Bhaile, Doughiska was convicted of drug dealing and given 12 months in prison.

28 year old David Kenny, of 14 Walter Macken Flats, Mervue, received 16 months for having cocaine and Ecstasy for sale or supply to the undercover gardai at Sally Longs and at Mervue Church grounds on two dates in March 2007, and to having cannabis in his possession on May 30.

26 year old Richard Dalton of 115 Corrib Park received 18-months for selling Ecstasy on one occasion and cocaine on two other occasions to the undercover gardai on three dates in March last year.

33 year old Gavin Rowe of 29 Rahylin Glebe, Ballybane, received sentences totalling 18 months for selling cocaine to the gardai on three separate dates in February, March and April last year.

38 year old Brian Counihan of Baranna, Annaghdown, was jailed for 20 months for supplying heroin to the gardai on four separate dates in January and February of last year.

Counihan was also disqualified from driving for twelve months for using his van in the commission of the crime.

37 year old Jason Golding of 37 Innishannagh Park, Newcastle was jailed for 20 months.

39 year old Stephen Keary of 11 Ballybrit Cottages pleaded guilty to four charges of supplying heroin and was jailed for 21 months.

29 year old Eddie Sweeney, formerly of 2 St. Finbar’s Terrace, Bohermore, was jailed for 14 months
for supplying the gardai with cannabis at the taxi rank in Eyre Square on January 15 last year, and to supplying them with cocaine at The Central Bar, Woodquay, four days later.

26 year old J.P. “Ba Ba” Flaherty of 25 Barry Avenue, Mervue, was given an 8-month sentence for
handing over heroin to the gardai near the shops in Old Mervue.

Judge Mary Fahy issued a bench warrant for the arrest of 52 year old Patrick Morton with an address at the time of his arrest in May 2007, at 94 An Sean Bhaile, Doughiska after he failed to appear in
court on Wednesday.

Two others, a man and a woman, were dealt with late last year by the courts in relation to prosecutions brought under “Operation Scarf” while a bench warrant was issued at a court sitting earlier last year for a thirteenth accused, who’s still at large.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent



Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis



Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action



Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.


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