Study on Assisted Emigration Scheme in Connemara
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An assisted emigration scheme from Connemara in the 1880s will be the theme for a conference that will be held in Clifden later this year.
Efforts are underway to trace and catalogue information about the 7,500 people from west Connemara who availed of the scheme, which was organised by the English born philantrophist, James Hack-Tuke.
James Hack-Tuke’s reports from Connemara in the latter part of the 19th Century paint a picture of hunger, overcrowded homes and deprivation.
Potato crop failures in the late 1870s made the situation worse and James Hack-Tuke saw little hope for many except the emigrant ship.
The Clifden Union – as it was then – became one of the focus areas for the Tuke Assisted Emigration scheme; that was west of a line from Killary Harbour south to Cill Chiaráin.
7,500 people availed of the scheme from 1882 to 1884 – 12% of the population of Connemara.
Where they went to in the United States and Canada, and the unfolding of their family stories, is being studied by a group in Connemara.
This will be the theme of a Conference in Clifden from the 31st of October until the 2nd of November.
Underground cable fault blamed for yesterdays power outage affecting 3,000 in Tirellan area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The ESB has stated that an underground cable fault was to blame for yesterday’s power outage in the Tirellan area of Galway city.
The outage impacted over 3,000 customers for almost two hours yesterday.
It comes just two weeks after an power outage affected 8,000 customers for seven hours in Galway city east.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Matt Cunningham, Area Manager with ESB Networks explains what happened at the Headford road station:
Local TDs lay out their stalls ahead of Government no-confidence vote
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two local independent TDs have been laying out their stalls ahead of the no-confidence vote in the Government this morning.
A number of regional independents voted with the Government in the recent evictions ban vote – and could hold the balance of power this morning.
The Government is expected to survive the confidence vote in the Dáil this morning with the backing of a number of Independent TDs.
TDs Cathal Berry, Matt Shanahan and Denis Naughten have also confirmed they’ll back the coalition arguing an election won’t solve any problems.
There have been sharp exchanges in the Dáil this morning as the motion is being debated.
But speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice questions how anyone could support the current Government.
Last week, Deputy Sean Canney voted in support of the Government in return for agreement on a number of proposals in relation to housing.
He says he’ll be voting in support again today, as he doesn’t think collapsing the current Government is the right thing to do.
Jury resume deliberations for fourth day in Portumna murder trial
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The jury in the trial of a Portumna farmer accused of murdering his aunt will return to court today for their fourth day of deliberations.
58 year old Michael Scott, of Gortanumera, Portumna, Co Galway denies murdering his 76-year-old aunt by driving over her in an agricultural teleporter.
Mr Scott has pleaded not guilty to murdering Chrissie Treacy outside her home in Derryhiney on April 27th, 2018.
Ms Justice Caroline Biggs previously told the jury that there is no doubt that Mr Scott was the cause of his aunt’s death.
But for a murder verdict the jury must be satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that he intended to kill or cause serious injury to her.
If that is not agreed, then the jury must acquit him of murder, and consider a manslaughter verdict – for this the jury must be satisfied Mr Scott acted in a “grossly negligent” way.
If the prosecution has failed to prove murder or manslaughter to the required standard, Ms Justice Biggs said the jury must acquit.
The trial has heard that Mr Scott was reversing the teleporter across the yard outside Ms Treacy’s home when he felt a “thump”, and then saw Ms Treacy lying on the ground.
He and his aunt shared 140 acres of prime farmland in Derryhiney – He farmed the whole lot but a lease arrangement was in place for her portion of the land.
On the day that Ms Treacy died, Mr Scott was due to get a letter outlining Chrissie’s intention to apply for a single farm payment for her share of the farm.
It is the prosecution’s case that Mr Scott deliberately ran over his aunt after receiving this letter, while the defence claims it was a tragic farming accident.