Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has received a partially suspended sentence of three years after pleading guilty to setting up bank accounts which were later used to lodge a Department of Agriculture cheque stolen from Albert Hynes, a farmer from Loughrea.
Ibanda Nlanda , formerly of Rossmore, Ballyfermot, Dublin admitted providing false information when opening up two banks accounts.
The 56-year-old Congolese national pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two accounts of providing false or misleading information at the Irish Nationwide Phibsboro and at the Bank of Ireland, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin.
Judge Catherine Murphy suspended the last 18 months of the jail term on condition that Nlanda keep the peace for three years. She backdated the sentence to January last to take account of the time Nlanda has already spent in custody.
Detective Garda Eileen O’Connor told Cormac Quinn BL, prosecuting, that before Christmas 2007 Albert Hynes, a farmer from Loughrea, Co Galway, was due to receive a cheque from the Department of Agriculture.
When the cheque failed to appear he reported it and an investigation revealed that the cheque had been lodged into a Bank of Ireland account on January 2, 2008 and the money was later withdrawn during that month.
Det Gda O’Connor said that Nlanda had not lodged the cheque himself or withdrawn the money but had opened up the bank accounts in another name.
Mark Lynam BL, defending counsel said his client has health issues and will be on dialysis for the rest of his life unless he receives a kidney transplant.
During a trial last May Nlanda pleaded not (not) guilty to possession of the stolen cheque payable to Albert Hynes and to stealing a cheque, the property of Mark Nicholson and to using a false instrument. The Director of Public Prosecutions withdrew these charges when Nlanda pleaded guilty to the other charges.
1491 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Wednesday 4 August, the National Public Health Emergency team is reporting 1,491* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 193 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Vaccination offers a real way out of this pandemic. The positive news is that take-up in Ireland is extremely high, which shows people understand the benefits for themselves and for their communities of getting vaccinated. Those with at least a first dose in the over 40s is over 90%, in the over 30s it is 84%, in the 18 to 29 year age group it is over 73%, and in the 16-17 year age group, it is over 46%. These figures continue to increase, and each person who has come forward should be commended.
“It’s understandable that after the period of time that COVID-19 has been with us, that some people become tired of it. But the virus does not become tired. It doesn’t care if we are fed up, it only sees the opportunity to spread from person to person when we let our guard down.
“Risk assess your plans this weekend. Remember that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, you should err on the side of caution and stay at home – do not meet up with others, and do not go to work. If you are an employer, remind your employees to continue working from home where possible for now, and not to attend work with any COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccines work, but they must also be supported by us all choosing to act as safely as possible.”
Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics to open in Clifden and city this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend. (7/8)
The centres are open on Saturday to those aged 16 and over who have not yet received a first dose vaccine.
The Clifden centre is based at Clifden Community School, and will be in operation from 10am to 2pm.
Meanwhile, Ballybrit Vaccination Centre will be open for walk-in appointments on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
The Saolta Hospital Group says last weekend proved a tremendous success for both centres, with over 800 people receiving first dose vaccinations.
Coming up on FYI Galway@5
- The Health Minister is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources as registration for COVID vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds will open next Thursday
- Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend
- Partners will be able to attend 12 week maternity scans and C-sections under new HSE guidance to be issued to hospitals tomorrow