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Sex offender for extradition over murder



A convicted sex offender who is wanted for questioning in connection with the murder of his landlord last July is to be extradited back to Wales, following his appearance before Galway District Court.

David Ellis (40), of no fixed abode, and formerly of Swansea, Wales, has remained in custody since his arrest in Galway on September 19 last.

He had failed to register his details with the authorities on his arrival here in August as required under the terms of the international Sex Offenders Register.

Ellis was subsequently charged with the offence and appeared before a special court sitting in Galway on September 19, where he was remanded in custody.

He pleaded guilty to the charge.

In a separate development, South Wales police are anxious to question Ellis in relation to the disappearance of his landlord, Alec Warburton (59), who has not been seen since July 31st.

Det. Sgt. Adrian O’Neill gave evidence at Galway District Court of receiving information from South Wales Police on September 18 that Ellis was residing in Galway city.

Ellis, he said, was arrested a short time later at a house in College Road in the city and was charged with failing to register his name, address and other details with Gardai here, as required for the Sex Offender’s Register.

Det. O’Neill said he later established Ellis had been in this jurisdiction since August 23 but it was believed he had come to Ireland even earlier than that date.

Det. O’Neill said a European Arrest Warrant had been issued by the public prosecution service in the UK and that warrant had been executed in the High Court in Dublin last week.  A stay was put on the warrant, pending completion of the Galway charge.

Ellis, he said, had indicated he would not be contesting his extradition back to Wales and the charge before the District Court needed to be finalised before the extradition process could begin.

Imposing a one-month sentence on Ellis for failing to register, which was backdated to September 19, Judge Mary Fahy said the offence was a serious one which would normally carry a longer sentence, but in this instance, the lesser, backdated sentence was designed not to thwart the extradition process.


Cigarettes, drugs and cash seized in Galway



Officers from the Divisional Drugs Unit seized more than €73,000 worth of cigarettes, cash and drugs after a car and residence were searched in Galway today.
As part of Operation Tara – which is targeting the sale and supply of drugs and related criminal activity in the Galway area – Gardaí  searched a car in the Knocknacarra area. Cash and cannabis were seized.

A follow up search was carried out at a residence in Salthill, where cigarettes worth €70,000, along with €3,100 in cash and a small quantity of suspected amphetamine were recovered.

No arrests were made, but Gardaí say they are following a definite line of inquiry.

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Eyrecourt tune makes it to Hollywood in Jig time



A tune composed to celebrate the twinning of Eyrecourt in south-east Galway with Gouesnach in France is to feature in a new film.

Written by Niall Crehan, ‘The Eyrecourt Jig’ made quite a splash when it was released in 2013 and is still popular in music sessions up and down the country.

Niall had been commissioned to write the tune for the 20th anniversary of the twinning of the two villages, Eyrecourt and Gouesnach.

So, when he had a small part as a fiddler in a TV film called Royal Rendevouz, he started playing the jig.

The producers were so impressed, they added it to the movie soundtrack and it will appear in the credits.

Niall is a member of a celebrated traditional Irish musical dynasty hailing originally from County Clare.

He is the youngest son of whistle and concertina player Vincent Crehan and nephew of renowned fiddler Junior Crehan.

Niall and his brother Kieran ran the Dublin shop Crehan Musical instruments until his early retirement.

Now living in Kildare, Niall is a cousin of publican Mick Crehan, who runs the renowned folk pub in the west end of Galway, The Crane.

Niall and the large army of musicians in the extended family are regular guests.

His brother Dermot got music playing parts on films such as the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter and he managed to get Niall onto the likes of Downton Abbey.

This latest TV project is the latest foray into the world of film, explains his son Brian.

The story centres on an American chef who is invited to an Irish manor to cook a feast in order to convince the matriarch not to sell the home.

It premieres on Sunday, February 26 at 9pm on the E! Network starring Isabella Gomez, Ruairi O’Connor and Ronan Raftery.

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‘No show’ TDs criticised at County Galway policing committee meeting



A county councillor has launched a stinging criticism of Oireachtas members for their repeated failure to attend County Galway Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meetings.

At a meeting of the JPC on Monday, Cllr Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher (photographed) said he believed it was time the three TDs on the committee decided if they wanted to remain, or give their place up to someone who would make use of it.

“I am asking the Council to write out to our Oireachtas members and ask them do they want to be on this JPC or not, and if not, let someone else be on it,” blasted the Fine Gael councillor.

This followed repeated non-appearances from TDs representing the Oireachtas on the committee – the three representatives are Deputy Noel Grealish (Ind), Deputy Anne Rabbitte (FF) and Deputy Catherine Connolly (Ind).

Cllr Maher said the JPC, which sits around five times per year, was deliberately held on a Mondays to facilitate Oireachtas members who were in the Dáil later in the week. He said there were issues being raised regularly that required raising at a national level and it was incumbent on national representatives to bring those matters back to Dublin.

One such issue was the use of CCTV in the pursuit of illegal dumpers and travelling crime gangs, said Cllr Maher who is Cathaoirleach of the County Council.

“I would like our members of the Oireachtas to be taking the message back on CCTV,” he added, as representatives locally were getting no further as a result of data protection laws.

None of the three Oireachtas members were present for this week’s meeting. Chair of the JPC, Cllr Jim Cuddy, confirmed he had received an apology from Deputy Catherine Connolly.

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