Galway Bay fm newsroom – A woman who was orally raped by Galway native actor and West End singer Garrett Phillips has told the court, the trial process made her feel like it was her fault.
The married father-of-two, who played Dr. Cathal in TG4s Ros na Rún, claimed the sexual activity that took place between them was consensual.
Garrett Phillips will be sentenced in July for orally raping a young woman who had fallen asleep in his van.
The incident happened in a Galway location after the 46 year old offered the then 20-year-old a lift in the early hours of November 5th 2015.
Former Ros na Rún actor Garrett Phillips, who recently played the role of Frank Sinatra on the West End in Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas, was convicted last month but reporting restrictions were only lifted today.
County council warns of surface water on many county roads
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Council is warning motorists to be wary of surface water on many county roads.
County Secretary Michael Owens says that while there have been no major issues with flooding there is lot of surface water on roads.
There’s flooding on the N83 Tuam to Dunmore Road at Forty Acres but it’s passable with care.
The council and gardai are urging motorists to take extreme caution on all roads due to excess surface water.
Meanwhile, the ongoing roadworks on the Tuam Road from the entrance Roadstone to the Parkmore junction are causing delays today.
Also, there will be traffic delays in the Drom area of Rahoon over the next two weeks due to drainage works taking place.
In Connemara, there will be delays in Carraroe Village due to road works for the next few weeks.
Planning board refuses LIDL development in Westside
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has rejected a plan to build a discount foodstore on the Westside of the city.
The plan would have seen German retail giant LIDL set up a base at a section of the former Arch Motors premises at Seamus Quirke Road.
The plan had set out to demolish a portion of the existing two storey Arch Motors premises with the adjoining Monaghan’s Westside Shop and Filling Station remaining in situ.
In June, city planners approved the proposal with 18 conditions.
One had stated that the developer prepare a report by a qualified aviation expert on the effect the development would have on the adjacent helipad.
In the appeal lodged by the HSE in July, the agency raised concerns about the potential impact of the development on aviation operations at the hospital and specifically the use of the hospital helipad.
An Bord Pleanála has now issued its decision to refuse the development generally in accordance with the inspector’s recommendation.
The board stated that the proposed development of a discount foodstore supermarket on Community Infrastructure zoned lands located outside of the District Centre would be contrary to the zoning objective for the area, and would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.
New Housing Liaison Officer to be appointed for Tuam Municipal District
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new Housing Liaison Officer is set to be appointed shortly for the Tuam electoral area – following a six month vacancy.
The announcement was made at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council in Corrundulla.
It comes as Tuam Municipal District has been without a housing officer since the previous official resigned in June.
Local councillor Andrew Reddington is one of those who has criticised the long-running delays in appointing a new officer.
He says the situation has caused considerable difficulties for tenants and local authority staff.