BROTHER OF MAN INVOLVED IN GARDA DEATH APPEARS ON CATALOGUE OF DRIVING CHARGES

first_imgThe brother of a man involved in an incident in which a Garda was killed has appeared in court facing a catalogue of dangerous driving offences.Kevin Dunleavy leaving court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Kevin Dunleavy appeared at Letterkenny District Court yesterday following an incident in which he led Gardai on a 25 km chase. Dunleavy’s brother Cathal served a jail sentence for an incident in which Garda Robbie McCallion died in Letterkenny in 2009.Cathal Dunleavy was released recently from prison after being jailed for five years for his part in the crime.Judge Paul Kelly was told that Kevin Dunleavy, 29, from Meentagh, Kerrykeel, has already been banned from driving for four times.The court was given a detailed version of the pursuit which happened on August 8th 2012.Gda Inspector Michael Harrison revealed how his officers had to take evasive action to avoid colliding with Dunleavy’s speeding car.The car reached speeds of 150kms per hour and even went onto the wrong side of the road on several occasions.Pursuing Gardai eventually stopped as they deemed it too dangerous to the public to continue.Even when Gardai attended Dunleavy’s house, he managed to speed off after he saw them waiting for him.Dunleavy had 69 previous convictions for motoring offences, and had been banned from driving on four occasions for periods of 18, 25, another 25 and 30 years.His solicitor Donagh Cleary said his client accepted his behaviour had been intolerable.But added that he hadn’t been before the court on road charges since 2010.A surprised Judge Kelly said “Well he wouldn’t have done as he has been banned from driving for 30 years”.However his solicitor said his client wads a changed man and wanted just another chance.He then asked that a probation report be carried out on the accused.The Judge added “I can’t see how I can deal with this case in any other way that by way of a custodial sentence.“It is the worst case of its kind by a considerable distance – the worst I’ve seen either in practice or on the bench – with someone driving like this over 25kms through small towns and villages and side roads.”The case was adjourned until June 18th.BROTHER OF MAN INVOLVED IN GARDA DEATH APPEARS ON CATALOGUE OF DRIVING CHARGES was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:carCATHAL DUNLEAVYdonegalGarda Robbie McCallionjailKevin Dunleavylast_img read more

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The Thriving 55 SingleFamily Housing Market

first_img The 55+ single-family housing market is not only alive and well but is expected to continue in that path for the near term, according to a couple of recent surveys.The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)’s Housing Market Index (HMI) for the single-family 55+ market indicated that builders are more positive toward that segment. The HMI ticked up by one point in the second quarter to 57, marking the 9th consecutive quarter with a reading higher than 50. An HMI reading above 50 indicates that builders view conditions as good rather than poor.The 55+ HMI is based on a survey that asks builders about the conditions of current sales, prospective buyer traffic, and anticipated six-month sales for builders’ respective markets are good, fair, or poor. Within the 55+ single-family HMI, the only component to increase in Q2 was prospective buyer traffic, which jumped by four basis points from the previous quarter up to 42. The index reading for present sales remained flat at 61 from Q1 to Q2. For expected sales for the next six months, the index fell by two points over-the-quarter in Q2 but still remained high at 69.“Index results reflect gradual, steady growth in the 55+ housing market,” said Carmel Ford, economist with NAHB. “The market is benefiting from continued improvements in the overall housing market, a solid labor market, and historically low mortgage rates.”NAHB’s findings that builders are more positive about the single-family 55+ housing market is consistent with another survey conducted in late July by Freddie Mac, which found that many 55+ homeowners are going against conventional wisdom by working until a later age, aging in place, or buying a second or even a third home rather than selling their homes to Gen Xers, downsizing, renting, or moving to an age-specific community. Freddie Mac Chief Economist Sean Becketti said that the 55 and over crowd “expect[s] to be an active part of our housing economy for quite a while longer.” August 4, 2016 595 Views 55 + Home Market Baby Boomers 2016-08-04 Seth Welborn The Thriving 55+ Single-Family Housing Marketcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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