Date Published: 16-Jul-2011
A man who was caught "red handed" growing cannabis plants at his home in Loughrea has been given a two year suspended sentence.
47-year-old Dean Lawrence of Kylebrack in Loughrea was sentenced before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
The court heard that Gardai found 51 cannabis plants when they raided Dean Lawrence’s home in Loughrea on July 24th last year.
Over 100 grammes of cannabis resin was also seized during the search.
The court was told that Lawrence denied having the drugs for sale or supply.
Judge Groarke told Lawrence that he believed he hadn’t grown the drugs for commercial purposes.
He then handed down a two year sentence – the entirety of which was suspended for two years.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.