Date Published: 25-May-2011
A 35-year-old Nigerian taxi driver has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a college student in his taxi in Galway last year.
Tope Adejuyigbe, a single man with a former rental address at 9 Sandyview Drive, Riverside, had denied sexually assaulting the then 19-year-old student in the early hours of February 24 last year.
The man’s trial in March heard evidence that the young woman was alone in the taxi when he sexually assaulted her first at traffic lights and then drove past her house.
He then pulled in and sexually assaulted her in the front seat before she managed to escape and run to her accommodation.
Judge Raymond Groarke said the accused had abused his position of trust as a taxi driver and sentenced him to 4 years in prison.
He placed the accused on the sex offenders’ register for life and recommended he be deported immediately back to Nigeria on his release from prison.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.