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.
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.