Date Published: 19-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Gangs of women are purporting to be ‘ladies of the night’ for hire and luring men down alleyways in Galway City under the pretext of offering sex for payment – the women then steal the ‘clients’ cash or wallets.
The men, who think they are hiring prostitutes, may also be assaulted down the city’s side streets by these women, the Galway City Joint Policing Committee heard this week.
City Councillor Frank Fahy (FG), a taxi driver by trade, said this phenomenon of men being assaulted and cash stolen from them after they are lured down side streets under false pretences is happening on a regular basis at night.
Cllr Fahy said the women were from Romania and their crimes of assault and theft are probably underreported. They “ply for hire” as prostitutes at corners of the city’s main streets – High Street, Shop Street and Cross Street – and then lure the men down side streets and alleyways, he said.
“When they are down the side streets the men are either assaulted or robbed,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Donal Ó Cualáin, told the meeting that these types of cases have been reported to Galway Gardaí.
He said most of the women who have been caught and processed through the courts here, are over 18 although they may look younger.
Read more in today’s Galway City Tribune
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.