Date Published: 26-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Many of the city’s parking meters have been modified to counteract a scam by a gang of thieves that had ‘rigged’ the machines to steal motorists’ parking payments.
A gang had targeted several of Galway City Council parking meters in recent months – the machines were fitted or rigged with certain devices that allowed the gang to collect coinage.
Certain types of parking machines were particularly susceptible to having the rigging device installed.
Once the gang’s devices were installed, the money that was inserted into the slot by motorists became ‘trapped’ rather than falling into the machines’ collection box.
The machines didn’t print tickets and it looked to customers as if they were broken and their money was stuck or lost. The gang would then return later to collect the money.
The devices were fairly sophisticated but a spokesperson for Galway City Council said that measures were put in place recently to prevent the scam from occurring again on the machines that were susceptible to being rigged.
Not every machine is the same model and therefore not every parking meter was targeted or affected. The Council said it was not possible to establish how much revenue was lost as a result of this gang’s activities.
Read more in today’s Galway City Tribune
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.