DOORMAN SHOWS REMARKABLE COURAGE TO FORGIVE MAN WHO BLINDED HIM

first_imgA well-known doorman who was blinded in one eye after being glassed has asked a judge not to hand down a severe sentence to the man who attacked him.Sean Gallagher forgave the man who glassed him in the face. Pic copyright of Northwest News Pics.Sean Gallagher lost the sight in his right eye when he was glassed by Ian Balfour in the Central Bar in February last year. Balfour, a father-of-four from Enniskillen, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday.Judge Matthew Deery adjourned the case until today after hearing that Balfour was offering Mr Gallagher €5,000 in compensation.He suggested that the offer would need to be increased to allow for Mr Gallagher to get on with his life after hearing he was no longer able to work at the Central Bar.Before Judge Deery passed sentence today, Mr Gallagher took to the stand and addressed the court.He said “I want to inform you that I don’t want to see Mr Balfour getting a severe sentence. I fully accept his apology and I want the matter closed.”Barrister for Balfour, Peter Nolan, informed the court that the offer of compensation from Mr Balfour was now €51,000 which he had gather from family and friends.The court was told that this did not affect a separate High Court case being pursued by Mr Gallagher.Judge Matthew Deery said that he was happy to see that Mr Balfour’s family had “put their best foot forward” on the matter.He said that considering all the circumstances he was sentencing Balfour to three years in prison but suspended the sentence for three years.Mr Balfour’s family wept at the back of the court as the sentence was passed.Judge Deery told Balfour “You are lucky to escape a custodial sentence and it is due to the good will of Mr Gallagher.”The men met outside and shook hands with eachother.DOORMAN SHOWS REMARKABLE COURAGE TO FORGIVE MAN WHO BLINDED HIM was last modified: July 17th, 2014 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:BlindCentral BardonegaldoormanglassIAN BALFOURletterkennysean gallagherlast_img read more

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House OKs tax breaks to revive Gulf Coast

first_img The tax breaks would not extend to leisure industries, including country clubs, casinos, hot tub facilities, liquor stores, massage parlors, golf courses, racetracks and tanning parlors. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., led the effort to carve those businesses out of the bill. He said Congress should not allow “our constituents’ hard-earned tax dollars, in these kinds of record deficits, to subsidize the rebuilding of a massage parlor, a liquor store or a casino.” Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., said she was “astounded” and “angry” that Wolf won on gambling establishments, an industry “that employs thousands of people in the region and generates millions of dollars in tax revenue.” The Senate passed $7 billion worth of business incentives for the Gulf Coast. It makes no exceptions for any businesses, and the exclusions face opposition from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and others. The House separately voted 414-4 to keep the alternative minimum tax from hitting more than 17 million individuals and families with higher taxes next year. “It’s been called the stealth tax, a ticking time bomb for the middle class, and even the Darth Vader of the tax code,” said Rep. Tom Reynolds, R-N.Y. The bill keeps in place a temporary measure, which otherwise expires at the end of the year, that prevents the tax from ensnaring additional people in 2006, saving them more than $31 billion. Democrats said there’s not enough time to complete the bill before the existing fix expires at the end of the year. They speculated that Republicans wanted to put themselves on record against the tax before next year’s midterm elections. “It’s my impression that we’re just going through this for political reasons,” said Rep. Charles Rangel of New York, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee. The House also passed a bill extending a few other tax breaks that expire at the end of the year, including one that allows soldiers to apply their combat pay to the calculation of earned income tax credits, a benefit for low-wage earners. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The House approved a multibillion-dollar package of tax breaks on Wednesday that are intended to revive Gulf Coast businesses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. But the tax relief excludes the casinos and country clubs that underpin the area’s leisure economy. Lawmakers hurried to finish the long-promised tax breaks as Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour testified that congressional failure to approve emergency money for roads, schools and housing construction was stalling rebuilding efforts. Approved 415-4, the tax incentives for aiding the recovery faced better odds in a late flurry of activity than did a measure, also passed Wednesday by the House, that would protect millions of people from higher taxes next year because of the alternative minimum tax. That tax was designed to prevent wealthy individuals from avoiding taxes, but now falls on an increasing number of middle-class families. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals House Republicans today planned to advance their tax priority, an extension of reduced rates for capital gains and dividends. Those tax cuts “significantly helped us rebound in this economy,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas, R-Calif. Democrats have criticized capital gains and dividend tax cuts, which expire at the end of 2008, as worsening budget deficits to benefit the wealthiest taxpayers. The incentives for Gulf Coast commerce include tax credits for low-income housing and rehabilitating commercial structures and historic buildings. Businesses could claim an additional 50 percent depreciation deduction for software, equipment and other expenses, and small businesses could write off more of their new investments. Other tax breaks would help businesses recoup cleanup and demolition costs and aid small timber operations with reforestation. The Bush administration has expressed concerns about a proposal to provide a 50 percent federal guarantee of municipal bonds, because it would not directly benefit hurricane victims and could increase federal borrowing costs. last_img read more

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