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REMAND FOR CONNEMARA MAN IN INDECENT EXPOSURE CASE

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-Feb-2012

A Connemara man charged with indecently exposing himself to children at an Irish school last year has been remanded in custody.

70 year old Joe Finnerty, with an address in Rosmuc, appeared before Galway District Court where he was deemed fit to plea following the submission of a psychiatric assessment.

Garda Brendan Kineavy gave evidence of complaints from witnesses that Finnerty had exposed himself to children aged 10 to 13 and offered them money for sexual acts on dates between 14th and 27th July last year.

Finnerty also pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a nurse at Merlin Park Hospital where he was convalescing as a patient in September last year and to a theft offence at Penneys in Eyre Square on 2nd August last year.

Defence solicitor Sarah O’ Dowd referred to the psychiatric report which stated that a fall in June last year resulted in brain injury which may have impacted on her client’s behaviour.

Judge Mary Fahy adjourned what she described as "a complex case" to Monday February 20th pending an update on the man’s future living arrangements and a report from the probation service.

 

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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.

Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.

However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.

 

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Two men before courts over county grow houses

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.

They appeared before Galway Circuit court.

Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.

In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.

Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.

He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.

He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.

He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.

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City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 14-May-2013

Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.

It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.

The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.

The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.

Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.

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