Pilot pleads guilty to flying low over people at Ballinasloe Fair
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pilot will be sentenced in May for breaching aviation safety regulations by flying at low altitude over crowds of people attending Ballinasloe Horse fair two years ago.
39 year old Michael Mannion of Castlesampson, Bealnamulla, Athlone appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court where he pleaded guilty to five breaches of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 2004.
Mannion pleaded guilty to operating a helicopter in a public place at a height less than 450m, above the ground or water, over a congested area of Ballinasloe town on October 2, 2011.
He pleaded guilty also to flying the helicopter in the vicinity of the town centre, at such a height which would not have permitted, in the event of engine failure, for a safe, forced landing to be carried out.
Mannion also pleaded guilty to flying the helicopter within 150m of the radio mast at Ballinasloe Garda Station and to flying it closer than 150m to a Ferris wheel in the town where people had congregated on the same date.
The pilot further pleaded guilty to flying the helicopter over the centre of the town where a large crowd of people had assembled for the Horse Fair that day, without the consent of the Irish Aviation Authority.
Defence barrister, John Kiely said the court would benefit from a probation report before passing sentence.
Judge Rory McCabe agreed and he adjourned sentence to May 8 next, directing the preparation of a probation report for that date.
Water outage in Barnaderg Tuam due to network leak
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council, Water Services are advising residents and businesses on the Barnaderg Group Water Supply Scheme they will be without a supply this evening
The outage will be from approximately 7pm to 11pm
It’s due to a leak on the Uisce Eireann watermains network.
Permission granted for controversial communications mast in Monivea
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Permission has been granted for a controversial communications mast in Monivea.
The 27M mast, which would be based on the grounds of Monivea rugby club, sparked considerable debate in the local community last year.
From the start, there has been significant local opposition to the plans, including a public meeting held in Monivea last summer.
An enormous amount of submissions were also lodged by local residents on the application for planning permission.
The majority were negative – though some locals did voice their support for the project, which Monivea rugby club says will ensure the availability of high-speed broadband in the local area.
It hasn’t been a smooth process, with several delays for various reasons – including the need for the planned tower having to be re-designed to reduce its height.
But now, county planners have cleared the way for its construction with a grant of permission, with 11 conditions attached.
Safety works underway on dangerous corner in Caherlistrane
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Safety works are being carried out today on a dangerous corner in Caherlistrane.
Contractors are putting in anti-skid markings at Loftus Corner, with road signage to follow.
It’s after a number of incidents in which cars lost control at the corner and ended up in a nearby field.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says local residents have been looking for these works for years.