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Former Galway footballer sentenced for theft from employer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Former Galway footballer Mark Hehir has appeared in court charged with the theft of 305 thousand euro in 2016 from his employer the City Bin company Oranmore
The 26 year old, with an address at Kilgevrin, Tuam appeared before Judge Rory McCabe at Galway Court today
The 10 counts of theft occurred between the 20th April 2016 and the 22nd of September 2016
Mr Hehir was in charge of accounts payable at the company, and over the six month period transferred various sums into his account at the Bank of Ireland, Tuam
Once arrested, he made a full admission and the court heard he used the money to gamble, mostly online at Ladbrokes and Boyle sports
Judge McCabe said Mr Hehir has shown remorse and an insight into the impact of his actions
The Judge also said the case demonstrates the evil of addiction and should be a red letter warning to parents of young people
On the first count, in lieu of 2 years in prison, Judge Rory McCabe gave 240 hours of community service
For the remaining counts, the judge imposed a 2 year sentence suspended for 5 years on condition that Mark Hehir doesn’t gamble, or set up any gambling account online or otherwise
He must continue his addiction counselling, engage with probation services and pay €100 a week by direct debit to City Bin company
Mark Hehir, who has no previous convictions, has repaid 29 thousand euro to date and is now living with his parents in Kilgevrin

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FYI Dáil hears of significant gaps in youth mental health services in Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Dáil has heard of significant gaps in youth mental health services being offered in Galway.

Contributing to a debate on services nationwide, Deputy Mairead Farrell said the lack of out-of-hours services is a particular local concern.

She cited a recent survey conducted among young people across the county, many of whom have directly accessed services.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell also pointed out that Galway has the highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with youth mental health service Jigsaw.

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Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads

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From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020

That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.

There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.

Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.

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Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.

Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.

He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.

Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.

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