Mayor of Galway city

  • A 26-year-old man was remanded in custody yesterday in connection with an alleged assault on the mayor of Galway on Friday. That’s according to today’s Irish Independent.

    Martin Ward, of no fixed abode, appeared before Galway District Court yesterday.

    He is charged with assaulting Niall McNelis on September 7 at Wolfe Tone Bridge, contrary to Section 2 of the Non-Fatal Offences Act 1997.

    He is further charged with being drunk in public and with breaching the peace by engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting words or behaviour on the same date at Wolfe Tone Bridge.

    Sergeant Finbarr Philpott said he was waiting for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the charges.

    Judge Mary Fahy remanded Mr Ward in custody to appear before the court again next Monday by video link from Castlerea Prison.

  • The Mayor of Galway city was punched when he tried to defend a young woman from attack on Friday evening last in Galway city.

    Cllr Niall McNeilus, the mayor of Galway says he was hit in the face and has spoken of his shock at bystanders' failure to intervene or help.

    It’s understood that instead of helping him or the young woman, several bystanders filmed the incident on their mobile phones.

    The incident happened at the city's Wolfe Tone Bridge at 8.30pm on Friday.

    Mr McNeilus sustained a sore jaw but did not require any medical attention. The young woman’s injuries were also described as “not serious”.

    A man was arrested and gardaí in Galway said a file was being sent to the DPP.