Date Published: 10-Jul-2008
A motorist was successful this week in having a conviction for driving while under the influence of cocaine quashed on appeal at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
22 year old Mark Barry, formerly of 25 Tudor Vale, Oranmore, and who now lives at 249 Ros Caoin, Roscam, was sentenced to five months in prison and was disqualified from driving for four years at Galway District Court on May 14 last.
He had denied a charge of driving while under the influence of an intoxicant to such an extent as not to have proper control of his car at Tudor Vale, Oranmore, on April 24 last year.
Conal McCarthy, BL, said there was undue delay between the time the first Garda test results came back in early May with a nil alcohol reading, and the time the second results regarding the drugs analysis were sent to him in early September.
Judge Raymond Groarke agreed with the barrister that there had been undue delay in test results coming back from the Medical Bureau and he allowed the appeal.
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.