Date Published: 30-Apr-2008
A Galway millionaire builder, who claims he was “deceived” out of a 310million Irish pound property deal by First Active, has withdrawn a claim the lender was engaged in fraud and conspiracy.
The retraction, was followed by claims that First Active threatened developer Brian Cunningham that he would be drained dry, if he didn’t sell a site to meet €30m in bank debts.
According to today’s Irish Independent, Brian Cunningham claims that First Active acted as a shadow director of the Cunningham Group.
He also claims that First Active extinguished his power over his companies and conspired to damage his personal interests and those of the Cunningham Group.
The Galway native further claims First Active forced him to sell a key asset with development potential of 310million Irish pounds in 2002.
Mr Cunningham, a former client of fugitive solicitor Michael Lynn, has withdrawn allegations that a decision by a First Active was “a sham”.
Counsel for the bank, Donal O’Donnell, says the retraction of the “sham” allegations by Mr Cunningham is a critical component of the fraud claim against First Active.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.