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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.