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Galway man avoids jail for Eddie Rockets fraud

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A former Galway schoolteacher who became addicted to online poker has avoided jail for defrauding an Eddie Rockets restaurant of €135,000.
74 year old John Carlos of Bolands Court, Gort, who was also a part-time accountant, appeared before Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.
He pleaded guilty to forging signatures on cheques, altering amounts on cheques and stealing money from his former employer, Eddie Rockets franchise owner Peter Fortune, between 2005 and 2008.
The court heard that John Carlos had been a highly-respected retired school teacher and accountant in Bray, County Wicklow until he became a “hopeless and deeply addicted gambler”.
Senior Counsel for Carlos, Patrick Gageby, said his client’s gambling has caused substantial fallout in his family and he is now separated from his wife of 27 years.
Judge Mary Ellen Ring sentenced John Carlos to three years in jail but suspended it in full on condition that he keeps the peace for three years.

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City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.

Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.

It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.

The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.

With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.

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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.

The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.

The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.

A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.

It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.

The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.

192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.

10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.

Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.

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