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.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.