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.
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.