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Conman sentenced for duping Loughrea woman out of cash

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A conman, described by a judge as a “career thief and fraudster” has been sentenced to three years in prison for duping a Loughrea woman into handing over €3,000 for bogus roof repairs.
30 year old Patrick O’Brien, from 10 Convent Road, Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court to the theft of €3,180 from the woman on February 10th.
Garda Loretta Creggs told the sentence hearing that Patrick O’Brien and another man called to the woman’s home at 4p.m. on the date in question and offered to clean the gutters.
She refused but O’Brien said he would have a look anyway. He told the woman afterwards that the gutters were dirty and the roof would need repairs.
He offered to do it for cash so she withdrew money from the bank for him.
He told the woman she would receive documents in the post in three days for a grant and he would call back to her house then and do the work.
O’Brien never called back so she told her neighbours and the Gardai were alerted.
O’Brien called the woman by phone a few days later looking for more money.
He hung up when she told him she had contacted the Gardai.
Prosecuting barrister, Conor Fahy said none of the money was recovered.
Garda Creggs said O’ Brien had 26 previous convictions for mostly similar offences and was currently serving a 12-month sentence.
Passing sentence, Judge Rory McCabe said the accused was a career criminal and fraudster. He said the woman had been deprived of her life savings.
Imposing three years on the accused, he said he had given the accused more credit than he deserved.

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Public information meeting to discuss new cross-city bus link

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public information meeting will take place online tomorrow to discuss a proposed new cross-city bus link.

It would provide a new public transport corridor linking the west and east of the city.

Tomorrow’s meeting will provide information on the BusConnects Galway Cross-City link, which would run from University Road to the Dublin Road.

It’ll be a public transport corridor linking the western and eastern suburbs, through the city centre.

The project, funded through the NTA, aims to connect homes with places of work, study, retail and recreation, with improve public transport journey times and reliability.

It envisions the creation of high-quality public spaces, new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities, and priority for public transport, making it easier to move through the city.

Tomorrow’s meeting is organised by Galway Chamber in association with Galway City Council – and aims to provide an insight into the scheme and the outcomes it will bring for businesses in the city.

The online meeting will take place tomorrow morning between 9.30 and 11am – further information can be found at Galwaychamber.com.

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NUIG announces first university partnership in Ireland aimed at building leadership skills

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced a new partnership with LIFT Ireland that is the first of its kind in the country, aimed at building leadership skills across third level institutions.

LIFT Ireland is a non-profit initiative to raise the level of leadership nationwide through the development of key leadership qualities and skills.

It provides training to a wide range of groups – ranging from multi-national corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations and individuals.

The programme is delivered through roundtable sessions, which focus on key leadership values, such as honesty, competence, accountability, empathy, respect and positive attitude.

Today’s announcement of the parternship between NUI Galway and LIFT will see more than 200 staff and students trained as facilitators by April.

These facilitators will then go on to help train a further 1,500 staff and students at NUI Galway in leadership skills throughout the year.

These students at NUI Galway who availed of the pilot scheme last year share their experience of the leadership training.

NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh says the new partnership will play an important role in cementing NUI Galway’s position as a leading university – for more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Progress on plans to reinstate child psychology services in Headford

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Progress has been made on plans to reinstate child psychology services in the Headford and Lackagh areas.

That’s according to Galway East Deputy Sean Canney, who raised the matter via parliamentary question.

He says the HSE have now confirmed they intend to restore the service, with approval granted last month to fill a permanent post.

In its response to Deputy Canney, Community Healthcare West acknowledged the post has been vacant since June 2019.

Independent Deputy Canney argues it’s intolerable that such a vital post would remain unavailable for so long – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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