first_imgA Donegal man arrested at a Republican Sinn Féin commemoration who went on to assault a detective garda and “took a hold” of his pistol has lost an appeal against conviction.Pat Barry (57) of St Bridget’s Terrace, Bundoran, pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Detective Garda Rory Sheriff in Naas Garda Station and to engaging in threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour at Sallins, Co Kildare on June 13th, 2010.He was found guilty by a jury at Naas Circuit Criminal Court and sentenced to three years imprisonment with the final six months suspended by Judge Leonie Reynolds on June 11th, 2013. The Irish Times reports that dismissing Barry’s appeal against conviction in the Court of Appeal, Mr Justice George Birmingham said whatever happened in Sallins was of no relevance to the “serious assault” which occurred in Naas Garda station.Giving background to the case, the judge said Barry had travelled to Sallins in Co Kildare with a view to attending a Republican Sinn Féin commemoration in Bodenstown. Prior to the parade in the church yard, participants had been assembling and a number of plain clothes gardaí were present.Det Gda Rory Sheriff became conscious of Barry’s presence, the judge said. It was suggested that Barry was distributing leaflets or posters and was “gesticulating” toward gardaí .The detective garda approached Barry and noticed he was intoxicated, the judge said. He demanded Barry’s name and address as he thought he was entitled to.Barry then told the detective garda to “f*** off” and called him a “Free State c***” refusing to give the name and address, the judge said.Det Garda Sheriff then made a further demand and the evidence was that Barry gave him a name and pushed the garda in the chest, calling him a “Free State c***” and telling him to “f*** off” again.Barry was arrested under the Public Order Act, placed in a Garda van and brought to Naas Garda station.As he was being brought into the cell, he turned and punched Det Gda Sheriff with a closed fist into the face. In the course of the struggle, Barry put a hand inside the Det Gda’s jacked and “took a hold of the pistol”, Mr Justice Birmingham said.Barry appealed his conviction on grounds that the detective garda’s demand for the name and address was unlawful and the jury ought to have been made aware of the circumstances surrounding his arrest.He also submitted, through his barrister Fiona Murphy BL, that gardaí failed to seek out CCTV footage of the Sallins incident where footage was available.Whatever the evidence, the judge said, it was clear that Barry’s response to the garda’s demand provided justification for the arrest. He said the court was “completely unconvinced” that a different outcome was possible if the jury had been told that doubts were cast as to the lawfulness of the arrest.What happened in Sallins was a minor public order matter but a “serious assault” occurred in Naas Garda station, he said.Failure to harvest CCTV footage from Sallins did not render the trial unsatisfactory or cast any doubt as to the fairness and appropriateness of the verdict, Mr Justice Birmingham said. The footage would have had no bearing on what happened in the garda station and would have been of little relevance to what happened in Sallins as it would have been silent.Mr Justice Birmingham, who sat with President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice Seán Ryan and Mr Justice John Edwards dismissed the appeal.DONEGAL MAN WHO GRABBED DETECTIVE’S GUN LOSES APPEAL was last modified: February 3rd, 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:appealBUndoramGardagunPat Barrylast_img read more

Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase 2017

first_imgAmazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase 2017Amazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase 2017The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently organised the 4thAmazing Thailand Health and Wellness Tourism Showcase with the theme of ‘Thailand: Paradise for Longevity’ to promote the Kingdom as a destination for products and services for a longer life. The one-day event was held on 11 August, offering special health and wellness deals until 31 December.Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, “This annual showcase is part of our plan to promote Thailand as a world-class destination for medical tourism. According to a report by VISA and Oxford Economics, Thailand is considered as one of Asia’s top medical tourism destinations. Thailand now has 58 JCI-accredited hospitals, more than any other Southeast Asian country.”During the one-day showcase, 44 health and wellness professionals across the entire range of medial disciplines attended the event to promote Thailand’s health and wellness products to raise international awareness. Medical tourism facilitators and travel agencies from 30 countries worldwide also discussed   business deals with participating health and wellness providers.The event highlighted why Thailand is a ‘Paradise for Longevity’ and an emerging leader in the field of ‘Functional and Regenerative Medicine’. Thailand is the first and only country in Asia with hospitals specialising in ‘Functional & Regenerative Medicine’, including Better Being Hospital and Mali Interdisciplinary Hospital.Thailand is also Asia’s anti-aging centre leader with 500 medical specialists in this sector, the largest number of American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine-certified medical professionals in the region.The Royal Thai Government has approved 90-day visas for patients and medical visitors from Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) as well as from the People’s Republic of China in a bid to boost Thailand’s medical tourism. This was put in place in 22 March, this year.In addition, long-stay 10-year visas are now available for senior nationals of 14 countries including: Japan, Australia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.TAT is also partnering with Royal Orchid Plus to offer special health and wellness tourism packages until 31 December to help promote medical tourism. This includes an invitation to Royal Orchid Plus Platinum and Gold members to visit Thailand, supported by special packages from leading hospitals and clinics, for complimentary health check-ups.See more at TAT NewsroomSource = The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)last_img read more