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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.