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Teen jailed for spitting at Garda during arrest

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A teenager has been given a four-month prison sentence for spitting at a Garda “like an animal”.

John Hynes, with a former address in Ros Aitinn, Upper Clybaun Road, Knocknacarra, who has since moved to Tralee, initially appeared in custody before Galway District Court.

He pleaded guilty at the time to assaulting Garda Shane Quinn, by spitting at him on July 25 last. He also admitted to being intoxicated and to breaching the peace on the same occasion by engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour.

The court heard Garda Quinn encountered the accused in a very intoxicated state and directed him to go home. Hynes refused.  He became very abusive and aggressive when Gardai Quinn went to arrest him and he spat at the Garda.

The court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that Hynes be charged with assaulting Garda Quinn.

The court also heard Hynes had been given the benefit of the Probation Act last June having pleaded guilty at the time to a charge of carrying a weapon.

Defence solicitor, Sean Acton, concurred with Judge Mary Fahy that Hynes’ behaviour towards Garda Quinn was reprehensible.  He said Hynes was homeless at the time and did not remember the incident due to intoxication.

Judge Fahy said that what Hynes did was disgusting, particularly to a Garda on duty, and she said she would be sending out the wrong message if she did not impose a custodial sentence.

Noting Garda Quinn was not in court, the judge adjourned sentence for one week to ascertain the Garda’s attitude towards Hynes now.

A victim impact statement from Garda Quinn was handed into court this week.

Reading the statement, Judge Fahy said the incident was not as straightforward as she had first thought, because not alone did Hynes spit at the Garda, but he then refused to give any samples for analysis which meant Garda Quinn had to go to hospital for tests and wait for the results.

“The Garda says in his statement that he felt totally degraded.  He was transporting this man back to the Garda Station when he spat at him like an animal,” Judge Fahy said.

She said that in view of Garda Quinn’s statement she would have to impose a custodial sentence.

She then sentenced Hynes to four months in prison for assaulting Garda Quinn and imposed a concurrent one-month sentence for breaching the peace. A €100 fine was imposed for being drunk on the occasion.

Leave to appeal was granted.

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Whopping repayments for City Hall’s move

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Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath: Responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, the Council suggested that senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year before the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices there. If they did meet, no minutes exist.

The total cost to repay the loan required to execute Galway City Council’s planned purchase of new offices to accommodate a move from City Hall will be €63.1 million, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

It means the City Council will have to find €2m every year for 30 years in its own revenue budget to repay the mortgage, which could impact on the level of service it delivers to the public or may require an increase in charges or commercial rates.

Separately, a Council reply to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request suggests senior management at City Hall did not meet with the owner of Crown Square in Mervue in the year prior to the loan approval for the purchase of the new offices – and if they did meet, no minutes exist.

In its loan sanction application form, submitted to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the City Council applied for permission to borrow €45.4 million.

This is to cover the bulk of the cost of the €56.5m total capital outlay associated with moving from City Hall and relocating all Galway City Council employees from College Road to the new Crown Square offices in Mervue.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Hunt on for new courthouse to tackle explosion in cases

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Galway Courthouse: Limited facilities there make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

The Courts Service is scouring the city for rental property to accommodate Galway Courthouse.

Commercial real estate advisors, Avison Young have been hired to source suitable property in the city centre.

The company published an advert in Galway City Tribune last week outlining the Courts Service’s property requirement of suitable commercial or office space of 1,800-2,000 metres squared.

Avison Young said the space should be in the city centre and be available to lease.

On-site parking is required, and it needs to be available for “immediate occupation”.

The move comes after the Galway City Tribune revealed earlier this month that victims of serious crime are waiting up to three years for justice because Galway’s limited court facilities make it difficult to clear lengthy Circuit Court lists.

Due to an explosion in the number of cases sent for trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court, the wait for a trial date is between 24 and 36 months.

The Courts Service confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was looking for a new courthouse and office space facilities.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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