Date Published: 10-Jul-2008
A 21 year old Turloughmore man has been sentenced to two years in prison for dangerous driving causing the deaths of his two best friends and seriously injuring his cousin in a crash at Loughgeorge last summer.
Brian Murphy of Grange, Turloughmore, had earlier pleaded guilty in the Circuit court on June 3rd to dangerous driving at Peak, Tuam Road, Loughgeorge on June 6 last year.
The court heard that Brian Murphy was driving his two best friends and his cousin home on June 6 last year when he lost control of the car at the junction of the Roscommon road off the N17 main Tuam to Galway road at 3.45 am.
Inside the Toyota Corolla were 19 year old Liam Loughlin of Cregboy, Claregalway, 19 year old Niall Greaney of Claregalway and his cousin the then 19 year old Keith Hession.
The car collided with a wall at approximately 90 miles per hour according to Sergeant Seamus O’Regan.
Niall Greaney was pronounced dead at the scene, while Liam Loughlin died of his injuries in hospital .
Keith Hession fractured his spine and broke his left leg in two places but has since made a full recovery.
Sgt O’Regan told the court that Murphy admitted to Gardai after he was arrested that he had drank 4 pints of Guinness and a can of Bulmers cider before driving his friends home from Fallons Bar in Turloughmore where he had been working.
He also admitted he had taken the junction at 90 miles an hour but said his brakes didn’t work.
Sergeant O’Regan concluded Murphy lost control of his car while attempting to take the bend at speed.
Testifiying in court, Brian Murphy broke down in tears as he apologised to both families and said Niall and Liam were his best friends.
In passing sentence Judge Raymond Groarke said Murphy too was a victim of his own stupidity and his own decisions and there must be a price to pay for that.
He sentenced him to two years in prison and disqualified him from driving for ten years.
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.