Date Published: 11-Jul-2008
A Salthill resident and former US naval engineer, who threatened to kill President George Bush, and blow up the American Embassy in Dublin, has been given a suspended two-year sentence at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
38 year old Declan Noel O’Shea, a native of Kilkenny, with a rental address at Emerson Avenue, Salthill, pleaded guilty in May to making hundreds of threatening phone calls to an FBI agent over a 9 year period.
The court heard that O’Shea also made a hoax bomb call to the San Diego Police Department on February 6, 2004, claiming that he had placed a 700 pound bomb on a busy Interstate Highway.
That was followed by further threats to blow up a U.S. guided missile destroyer the following day.
A psychiatrist from the Central Mental Hospital gave evidence in court yesterday that O’Shea suffers from chronic paranoid schizophrenia and at the time of these offences had a delusional belief system, incorporating the FBI and the IRA.
The psychiatrist said O’Shea was now in remsission, was in a stable relationship and was working as a security guard in the Eyre Square Shopping Centre.
Judge Raymond Groarke imposed a two year sentence on O’Shea, which he suspended for four years on condition he keep the peace.
He directed O’Shea to continue to see his local psychiatric service and he asked that service and the probation service to liaise in monitoring O’Shea’s ongoing mental state.
The judge also prohibited O’Shea from having any future contact with the U.S. authorities or the U.S. Embassy in Dublin.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.