Date Published: 23-Nov-2011
A teenage driver and a foundation have been found equally negligent in the case of a car crash that led to the deaths of two young girls in Galway.
Two 12 year olds died when the car they were travelling in crashed in the village of Kilreekil in March 2008.
The girls were among a group from the Islamic cultural centre in Clonskeagh, run by the Al Maktoum foundation, and were on a trip to Connemara.
Most of the group had travelled in two minibuses owned by Al Maktoum, while the youth co-ordinator Rabia Patel, hired a car to carry the remainder.
Her daughter, Fatima Patel, then aged 19, was driving when they crashed into a pole outside Kilreekil, resulting in the deaths of two girls.
The victims sisters, Walla Ayadi sued the Al Maktoum foundation, the car hire company, Rabia and Fatima Patel and the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland.
The Irish Times reports that in the High Court yesterday Justice Iarfhlaith O’ Neil ruled Fatima Patel had been negligent in her driving and this had led to the crash.
The judge also found the Al Maktoum foundation, was equally negligent because of its failure to make adequate provisions for the outing.
Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.
The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.
Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.
However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.
Two men before courts over county grow houses
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.
They appeared before Galway Circuit court.
Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.
In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.
Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.
He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.
He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.
He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.
City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro
Date Published: 14-May-2013
Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.
It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.
The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.
The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.
Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.