Date Published: 16-Jul-2011
Two city men – who attacked their cousin’s husband outside a house with a hatchet and a knife – have been jailed for three and a half years.
Derek Ward of 25 Coole Park, Bohermore and Jason Ward of 74 Rian Luachra, Ballybane had originally denied the charge.
The men pleaded not guilty to assaulting Mark Keane outside his wife’s family home at Gaelcarraig Park, Newcastle when their trial opened back in May.
However, two days into it they changed their pleas.
The court heard that both Derek and Jason Ward weren’t happy that Mr Keane – who wasn’t a member of the travelling community – was involved with their cousin.
The court was told he was stabbed twice … once in the chest and again in the face.
Judge Raymond Groarke then sentenced 32-year-old Derek Ward and Jason Ward – aged 28 – to three and a half years in jail.
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.