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City nightclub shuts with loss of 30 jobs

Ciaran Tierney

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A prominent city centre night club has shut down less than two years after opening under new management, with the loss of 30 jobs.

Former staff members at The Bentley, Eyre Square, have expressed outrage over the lack of consultation from management over the closure which was only conveyed to them over the past few days.

Staff members have claimed that they were owed two weeks’ wages, plus holiday pay, after being given assurances that the club would reopen on January 20 when it shut down “temporarily” last month.

Instead of reopening for business, they only discovered that the club was not reopening through a social media page and a ‘for auction’ sign which appeared outside the premises this week.

“There was absolutely no notice give to us,” said a young barman yesterday. “Coming up to the day it closed, everything seemed grand and none of us were told anything about the prospect of the place closing down permanently. We were not told a thing when they closed down for a few days on January 13.

“They told us that they would be opening again on January 20. So we were all hoping our jobs were still there. But they haven’t been answering our calls in recent days and we found out through either Facebook on Wednesday night or a ‘For Auction’ sign outside the club that our jobs were gone.”

The company running the nightclub was set up by brothers Shane and James Broderick, from Co Mayo, in July 2012.

The brothers, who are in their early 30s, set up a company called O Bruadair Investments Limited, in which Maria Broderick and Thavakumar Subramaniam each have a 10% share.

The most recent accounts filed by the company (in November) show that O Bruadair Investments had debts of more than €310,000 and an overall deficiency of funds of more than €180,000 in the six month period up to the end of 2012.

Trade creditors were owed more than €234,000 at the end of 2012, while Revenue was owed €36,000 for VAT and PAYE/PRSI. The directors themselves were owed €22,000 at that stage.

 The Broderick brothers were unavailable for comment when contacted by the Galway City Tribune yesterday.

 

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Connacht Tribune tributes to loved ones

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These past few months have seen so many communities left to silently mourn family members and friends, whose funerals they would have attended in such numbers, were it not for the current Covid-19 restrictions.

But those that are gone have not been, and will not be, forgotten – which is why we want to open the pages of the Connacht Tribune to you to tell their stories.

If you’ve lost a loved one, whether to Covid-19 or not, or if your community or organization or sports club is mourning the death of a valued member and friend, you can email us your tribute and we will publish it in our papers.

CONNACHT TRIBUNE OBITUARY TRIBUTE

All you have to do it to click on the above link, and it will take you to a short set of questions which you can fill in – and then add whatever you feel tells the story of the life of your friend, family member or colleague.

You can email that with a photograph to us, to news@ctribune.ie or you can post it to ‘Obituaries’, Connacht Tribune, 21 Liosban Business Park – and please enclose a contact number in case we have any queries.

We sympathise with anyone who has lost a loved one at this awful time, particularly given that so many people were unable to mourn with them and their family in person – and we hope that this will help in some small way to show those family members that we are all united in grief, even from a distance.

This is an additional feature we are providing alongside our long-established weekly Family Notices section where loved ones are remembered immediately by Months Mind Notices and annual anniversary remembrances.  You can contact our team for further details at salesadmin@ctribune.ie

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WATCH: The Olivers to the rescue … again!

Enda Cunningham

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Father and son rescue team Patrick and Morgan Oliver were back in action in Salthill this morning, when they helped a swimmer who got into difficulty.

A member of the public raised the alarm at around 10.30am and the Coastguard sought the assistance of Galway Lifeboat who launched from Galway Docks.

Two members of the lifeboat shore crew made their way to the promenade to assist in the rescue.

Patrick and Morgan Oliver were fishing off Salthill at the time and spotted the man taking refuge on Palmers Rock about 200 metres from Salthill shore. They took him on board their fishing boat and brought him back to Galway Docks. Galway Lifeboat in the meantime was stood down. 

The man was taken into the Lifeboat station where he received treatment for symptoms of hypothermia until an ambulance arrived.

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Assurances given on progress of road, bridge and bus projects

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It will take time and a lot of money, but the city’s network of major transport projects will proceed on schedule – that was the assurance given this week to councillors by City Council Chief Executive, Brendan McGrath.

Councillors had expressed concerns at their meeting on Monday about the slow rate of progress being made with major capital projects including two new pedestrian bridges over the River Corrib.

However, Brendan McGrath told the meeting that the timelines for the range of capital transport projects – while challenging – were reasonable, pragmatic and achievable.

“All of the projects are moving forward but we must adhere to all the procedures and the different stages that have to be complied with: we have no choice in that,” said Brendan McGrath.

Senior City Council Engineer, Uinsinn Finn, in reply to a number of queries about potential new bus routes, said that while the Council worked closely with Bus Éireann and the bus companies, the local authority didn’t decide on the routes.

Earlier in the meeting, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), asked ‘how it could take 63 months’ to deliver a pedestrian/cycle bridge over the Corrib even though the piers (old Corrib Railway Line) were already in place for the project.

“How can it take over five years to put a bridge like this over the Corrib,” he asked, after hearing that this €11 million Greenways-linked project would not be completed until 2026.

There is a snappier timescale for the Salmon Weir Pedestrian/Cycle Bridge – to be located adjacent to the existing structure on the southern side – with planning consent expected by next Summer and a completion date set for the end of 2022.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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