A 33-year-old businessman was on Monday charged and released on bail for restraining a man who allegedly stole money from his mother.George SmithGeorge Smith, of “A” 95 East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charge which stated that on December 22, 2019, at Hadfield Street, Georgetown, he prevented Andy Gibson from going about his business.The Prosecutor informed the court that on December 22, 2019, Smith accused the Virtual Complainant of stealing money from his mother and proceeded to arrest the man.The court heard that Smith took the man to the station; however, he was arrested for wrongfully restraining the victim.The Magistrate released Smith on $40,000 bail. The case will continue on January 27, 2020.
A view up the lake from the boathouse at Glenveagh Castle.A GOVERNMENT Minister has today confirmed that visitor services – including bus drivers and guides – at Glenveagh National Park are under review and may be outsourced.Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, insisted that there are no plans – whatsoever – to sell national parks or to privatise the management, preservation or conservation of these parks.But he said more outside contractors may be brought in to run other services in the parks. Minister Deenihan commented: “There are six national parks in Ireland. They are exceptional places. They are owned by the people. They are held in trust by those living today for future generations. This will not change. There are no plans whatsoever to sell these parks. There are no plans whatsoever to privatise the management, preservation and conservation of these parks.”The core work of the national park staff including regional management and rangers is to secure and preserve the national parks so that they can be enjoyed by visitors and conserved for future generations.Staff of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) undertake this work at the six national parks and also oversee a network of nature reserves, Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across the State.His statement said visitors to national parks can also enjoy other services, including education services, catering services, recreational services, transport services, viewings of historic properties at some of the sites, and other services. For many years, some of these services have been directly provided by private individuals and companies such as the provision of boat trips, pony trekking or jarvey trips. Other services have been provided – on a fixed term contract to the Department – by contractors, for example catering facilities at national parks in Killarney, Glenveagh, Connemara, and Ballycroy, Co Mayo. Cleaning contracts at Ballycroy, Connemara, Glenveagh and Killarney National Parks are also in place.Minister Deenihan said his Department is always looking at ways to improve the tourism and education dimensions and visitor services at national parks. For example, the Department – in partnership with a Donegal based enterprise – has introduced an innovative service that allows visitors the opportunity to hire electric and hybrid bicycles at Glenveagh National Park visitor centre, from where they can explore the national park and the surrounding countryside in a low impact and environmentally friendly way.The Department is also examining ways to expand education services on an outreach basis by working with agencies such as the Heritage Council.“In this way, augmenting the facilities that are available to visitors to the national parks through working and co-operating with others is not a new phenomenon,” said the statement.“The priority is to manage, preserve and conserve the national parks, to provide excellent access and services to the public, and to do so whilst making the best use of the resources we receive from the taxpayer. As has always been the case, the Department will continue to explore the potential of using alternative models to augment its visitor services and nature education services nationally.” MINISTER CONFIRMS VISITOR SERVICES AT GLENVEAGH UNDER REVIEW was last modified: April 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)