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Jury acquits city man in trial for false imprisonment and threats to kill

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 48-year-old city man has been acquitted by a jury of charges of imprisoning his former partner and her young child and threatening to kill the woman and a Garda.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for two and a half hours following a four-day trial this week before unanimously finding Mervue native, Paul Cullinane, of 34 Beal Srutha, Ballybane, not guilty of six charges at Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Paul Cullinane had denied the false imprisonment of the woman and her then 9-year-old daughter at a house in Ballybane on December 27, 2012.
He also denied threatening to kill the woman on December 27, 2012 and again on April 17, last year.
Cullinane further denied threatening to kill Garda Marvin Lee during the same alleged incident in April and with assaulting the woman in December.
The woman said she had ended her relationship with the accused in November 2012, but he had no where to go and she agreed to let him stay until he found a place in the New Year.
She told the jury he hit her in the face on December 27 and tried to stab her with a butter knife.
Her daughter was with her at the time.
He then held a mattress down on top of them and she found it difficult to breathe, she said.
The woman said she obtained a barring order but Cullinane came to her home in April.
She called the Gardai and in the presence of Garda Lee, Cullinane rang and threatened to kill her and the Garda.
The now 10-year-old child gave evidence during the trial by video link.
During Garda interview, Cullinane denied the woman’s allegations and said she had used and brain-washed her daughter to give evidence against him.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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