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Social media ban for revenge porn accused

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A 26-year-old man has been barred from using all social media platforms since being charged with harassing his former girlfriend by allegedly posting sexually explicit photos of her online along with links to her Snapchat account.

It is the first prosecution of its type relating to image-based abuse, more commonly referred to as ‘revenge porn’ to come before the courts in Galway.

Judge Mary Fahy imposed restrictions, prohibiting the publication of the man’s identity when he was first brought in custody before Galway District Court last October.

This week, she asked Sergeant Christy Burke, prosecuting, why had she imposed the restrictions at the time. He reminded her she had imposed the restrictions then as the case involved sexually explicit material.

Garda Paraic Moran gave evidence in October of having arrested and charged the man with harassing his former girlfriend on a date unknown between August 1, 2015 and July 10, 2019, contrary to Section 10 (1) and (6) of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

The accused made no reply when the charge was put to him at the time.

The Director of Public Prosecutions directed the charge could only be dealt with at District Court level if the man entered a guilty plea.

Judge Fahy asked Garda Moran for an outline of the allegations made against the accused so she could decide on whether or not to deal with the case in her court should he plead guilty.

Garda Moran said the man had been in a relationship with the complainant and it was alleged that sometime after they broke up, she was contacted by a couple whom she didn’t know, inviting her to meet them for sex.

As a result of this encounter, the woman discovered intimate photographs of her were circulating on the internet.

She had sent the photos to the accused when they were together and it was alleged, Garda Moran said, that after the relationship ended the accused uploaded the photos to the internet on several occasions with links to the complainant’s Facebook Snapchat account.

Judge Fahy accepted jurisdiction in October to hear the case in her court and she made an order for prosecution statements to be sent to defence solicitor, Brian Gilmartin’s office and for the accused to come to court this week and elect to either plead guilty or not guilty to the charge.

Sgt Browne informed the court this week the statements had inadvertently not yet been sent to Mr Gilmartin but they would be now.

Judge Fahy remanded the accused on continuing bail to appear back before the court in March and elect then whether he wanted to plead guilty or not guilty.

Bail was granted in October subject to conditions sought by Gardai that he have no contact with the complainant or any witnesses, by any means to include social media; continue to reside at his rental address in the city and notify Gardai of any change of address within 48 hours; sign on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Garda HQ at Murrough, Renmore; observe a nightly curfew between 10p.m. and 6a.m.; be of good behaviour and remain of sober habits; and provide a mobile phone number to Gardai and answer his phone to them at all times.

Judge Fahy added a further condition at  the time prohibiting the man from accessing Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok and all other social media platforms, pending completion of the case.

She awarded him free legal aid and also advised him that if he broke any of the bail conditions it was likely he would end up in custody, due to the seriousness of the charge he was facing.

 

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Family-friendly location just a stroll to the beach

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Family friendly location: 26 Tearmann Eala (red door) in Renmore.

This large semi-detached residence in the popular Tearmann Eala estate in Renmore has come to the market with an asking price of €395,000.

Number 26 is a well-presented four-bed property with very generous living space spread out over two floors.

The ground floor comprises a wide entrance hall with under stairs toilet, a large living room with open fireplace and to the rear, the kitchen/dining room and utility both with access to the back garden.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes and the master is en suite. Completing the upstairs is the main bathroom.

Externally, there is off-street parking to the front and a well-kept rear garden.

Selling agent Kyle O’Brien said: “Tearmann Eala is a quiet cul de sac development in Renmore. It is a perfect family friendly development and is well serviced by local amenities and services nearby.

“Ballyloughane Beach is only a short stroll away and not to mention all the communal green areas and facilities such as Galwegians Rugby Club and the Kingfisher Leisure facilities.

“Additionally, there are many further amenities such as schools, Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Parkmore IDA Park, the major employment hub on the east side of the city.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Maxwell, Heaslip & Leonard on 091 565261.

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Consumer spend hit by inflation

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The average planned monthly spend among Irish consumers has decreased by ten per cent, according to Deloitte’s latest State of the Consumer Tracker.

The survey found that consumers in Ireland are ten per cent more concerned about inflation than the global average, with more than half (56 per cent) worried about their level of savings.

It also found that consumer confidence in engaging with businesses and services in person has increased over the last month; 80 per cent feel safe going to the store (up six per cent since the previous wave); 80 per cent feel safe engaging in one-to-one services such as hairdressing (up five per cent); 78 per cent feel safe going to a restaurant (up seven per cent); and 66 per cent feel safe attending in-person events (up ten per cent).

Despite this, financial concerns among consumers in Ireland have remained constant or lessened only slightly since the previous wave: 26 per cent are concerned about making upcoming payments (down two per cent); 52 per cent say they are delaying large purchases (no change); 44 per cent are optimistic that their personal financial situation will improve within the next three years (up one per cent); and 56 per cent are concerned about their level of savings (no change).

In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, Ireland is the third-most-concerned about inflation, with 85 per cent of consumers in Ireland saying that they are concerned about inflation, compared to the global average of 75 per cent.

Consequently, the average planned monthly spend among consumers in Ireland has decreased by a significant ten per cent, from €2,654 in the previous wave to €2,396.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Little by way of ready relief from hypochondria ailment

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Not all the time, but here and there, I get occasional nominations for being the number one hypochondriac in my immediate circle, an ‘accolade’ I hotly dispute but often to no avail. There is always that tendency when a sudden headache arrives or a twinge in the back comes like a lightning strike or a cough starts out of the blue to straight away harbour thoughts of impending doom.

With the passing of years – even decades – you get subtle hints of your finitude (a fancy way of saying that you’re going to die sometime) and you begin to check out medical terms like floaters (little black spots that appear in your line of vision), cataracts, osteoarthritis, diabetes, depression and of course the dreaded dementia.

If you can tick off more than two of those boxes then you know that you’re in a bit of bother and the only hope is that if you tick them all, you’re probably just in a state of chronic hypochondria rather than being on your last legs.

Luckily many years ago after a brief flirtation with cigarettes while at school (secondary), some kind of a spirit descended upon me and prompted me to turn my back on the dreaded weed, which has now become horrendously expensive as well as killing you off before your time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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