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Fan conned out of Coldplay tickets in DoneDeal scam

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Chris Martin of Coldplay: fan was duped out of €300.

A music lover was duped into parting with €300 for Coldplay tickets which did not exist, a court heard last week.

Seasoned fraudster, Connor McNamara (22), from Convoy, in Co Donegal, was given until next week to pay back the money or else face a stint in prison.

Sergeant Aoife Curley, prosecuting, told Galway District Court a young city man made a complaint to Garda Jason Kelly that he had transferred €300 into a bank account on McNamara’s instructions after seeing tickets for a Coldplay concert in Croke Park in August 2017, advertised on the Done Deal website.

The tickets never arrived in the post because they never existed.

McNamara was questioned about the fraudulent transaction as the money was lodged to his account.

He pleaded guilty before the court this week to a charge of inducing the victim to transfer €300 into his bank account on a date unknown between June 7 and June 12, 2017, for payment for three Coldplay tickets that did not exist, with the intention of making a gain for himself and causing a loss to another.

A charge of handing the money knowing it was stolen was withdrawn by the prosecution following the plea to the above deception charge.

Sgt Curley said McNamara had 30 previous convictions which were for similar type deception and fraud offences. The offences had been committed in other areas of the country over the last three years and had involved selling tickets for various events which did not exist.

She confirmed a maximum 240-hour community service order was imposed on him in May by a court in Donegal for six similar offences.

In reply to Judge Mary Fahy, defence solicitor Valerie Corcoran said her client would need two months to repay the €300.

She handed in a probation report from the court in Donegal outlining her client’s circumstances.

“I’m not interested. He has similar previous convictions as long was your arm, Ms Corcoran, for deception of innocent people.

“Either he brings the money into court or he comes with his bags packed,” Judge Fahy warned.

“I want the money for that poor unfortunate.  It’s not just the money, it’s the actual disappointment of people looking forward to a concert. They were duped,” Judge Fahy added, before remanding McNamara on bail for payment of the €300.

She warned him she would issue a bench warrant for his arrest if he didn’t show up with the money.

“He’s been treated with kid gloves for far too long by other courts,” Judge Fahy added.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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