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.
Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.