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Former Mountbellew Co-Op manager pleads guilty to thefts from employers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A lock, found intact after a reported burglary led to the arrest and ultimate conviction of a man for the theft of over €57,000 worth of goods from his employers.

Former manager of Mountbellew Arrabawn Co-op, 56 year old Michael Bodkin, of  Corkskeagh, Gurteen, Ballinasloe, pleaded guilty in court in December to the theft of over €57,000 worth of agricultural products from the company between 2010 and 2012.

He also pleaded guilty to wasting Garda time and to making false statements claiming someone else committed the offences.

He has now appeared for sentencing before before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.

Inspector Declan Rock, Loughrea, gave evidence at the sentence hearing that Gardai received a call from the accused on Sunday morning, July 22, 2012, that there had been a break-in at the Arrabawn Co-Op in Mountbellew.

They met Bodkin there and he showed them a broken window upstairs and said there had been a burglary.

Gardai became suspicious when they found a lock for a gate to the premises which was undamaged.

They checked back over Garda files and saw Bodkin had reported similar type burglaries in 2010 and 2011 with the same modus operandi.

Bodkin admitted everything when questioned.

Judge Rory McCabe said the probation report stated the accused posed a low risk of reoffending and he was fearful of getting a custodial sentence.

He imposed a 12-month sentence in respect of each of the theft charges to run concurrently, which he then suspended for three years.

He imposed two, concurrent six-month sentences for wasting Garda time and for making false reports, which he also suspended for three years.

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City Council faces calls to respond to An Taisce report concerning raw sewage at River Corrib and Galway Bay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway City Council to respond to an An Taisce study which reported that large quantities of raw sewage are entering the River Corrib and Galway Bay.

The study compiled in Autumn 2020 states that the equivalent of 35 swimming pools of wastewater are entering the bodies of water in the city each month.

The investigation also claims the council failed to report frequent discharges of wastewater containing untreated sewage as individual incidents to the EPA.

City Councillor John Connolly has said the report indicates the Local Authority may have breached European regulations.

He’s calling for the council to provide more frequent updates on water quality in the city….

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78 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, nationally 1335 cases and 54 deaths

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Galway Bay newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 54 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 

50 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-96 years. 

There has been a total of 3,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 26th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 191,182* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 618 are men / 711 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 43 years old
  • 437 in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household. The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 191,182 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

  • 7 Day Incidence is 249.7
  • 5-day moving average is 1,383

Today’s cases, 5 day moving average ,14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 26 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 26Jan2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 26Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)
Ireland1,3351,383674.232,103
Monaghan52421399.3859
Louth61681044.31,346
Carlow3024913.4520
Waterford4949885.71,029
Dublin437457788.310,621
Wexford2250759.41,137
Mayo3441757988
Limerick6155728.61,420
Meath7164701.91,369
Cavan2520682.6520
Donegal4842656.41,045
Offaly2735643.9502
Cork114137634.63,445
Kildare54495951,324
Galway7861574.31,482
Laois1617557.3472
Tipperary2934555.3886
Clare2422504.1599
Wicklow3126436621
Sligo614398.3261
Kilkenny1014374.9372
Westmeath2218367.2326
Longford1310347.4142
Kerry1420347.3513
Roscommon<56336.2217
Leitrim55271.587

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

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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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