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Director of Galway-based EA Games secures injunction preventing his dismissal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A director of an Irish subsidiary of video game giant Electronic Arts has secured a High Court injunction preventing his dismissal.
The order was made in favour of Jean Philippe Grenet, who is the director of global delivery service for Electronic Arts Ireland in Galway.
He was initially dismissed for allegedly making an inappropriate comment in a one to one video call with a colleague in November.
Electronic Arts, which opposed the injunction application, claims Mr. Grenet was validly terminated on a no-fault basis in a decision it made on December 10th.
It followed an incident in November, in which Mr. Grenet is alleged to have made an inappropriate comment in a video call to a worker based in Texas.
Mr Grenet accepts the remark was a clumsy, inelegant and ill-advised expression – but says it means he “did not want to challenge” that particular person on a work matter.
However, he claims the complainant is motivated by malice after failing to secure the role he was appointed to – and that EA did not follow correct procedures in dismissing him.
In his judgment, Mr Justice Tony O’Connor said he was satisfied to grant the orders after Mr Grenet’s lawyers had established that there are serious issues to be tried in the case.
He found that the risk of injustice to the parties favoured the granting of the injunction which restrains EA from dismissing him until proceedings have been decided and that he be paid his salary and benefits during that period.
He also directed EA not to appoint any other person to Mr Grenet’s position pending further order.
The Judge also urged the sides to consider having the dispute go to mediation and adjourned the case to a date in January.

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12 thousand Galway motorists driving with learner permits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 12 thousand motorists in Galway are driving with learner permits.

Nearly 1,400 people nationwide have been driving with only a learner permit for over 26 years.

According to freedom of information figures, they include people in every county.

According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers only have learner permits.

They include nearly 68,000 people in Dublin, almost 25,000 in Cork, over 12,000 in Galway, and just under that mark in Kildare.

Under current rules, you can’t apply for a third or subsequent learner permit unless you’ve recently done a driving test or have an upcoming test.

But new figures show over 21,000 drivers have had a learner permit for at least 11 years, and 1,365 have had one for over 26 years.

Brian Farrell, from the Road Safety Authority, says the new figures are concerning.

You must always have a fully qualified driver with you if you have a learner permit.

But 2,475 drivers got penalty points last year for breaking that law – up 27 per cent on 2019.

A further 1,581 drivers were penalised in the first five months of this year for the same offence.

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167 fraud offences recorded in Galway so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 167 fraud offences were recorded in Galway city in the first five months of this year.

Deception and ‘card not present’ offences were the most common with 42 cases of each fraud type recorded.

The second most common fraud offence was ‘account take over’ with 17 recorded by Gardaí.

Phishing offences were next in line with 16 offences noted and shopping or online auction fraud with a further 16.

10 cases of accommodation fraud were brought to the attention of Gardaí, as well as nine cases of forgery.

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Latest figures reveal 284 cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the chief medical officer.

Dr Tony Holohan says it’s estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20 per cent of cases reported in the last week.

It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

53 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.

The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.

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