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Jail for man who stole Loughrea farmers cheque.

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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revealed that the cheque had been lodged into a Bank of Ireland account on January 2, 2008 and the money was later withdrawn during that month.
Det Gda O’Connor said that Nlanda had not lodged the cheque himself or withdrawn the money but had opened up the bank accounts in another name.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.

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Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.

Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.

The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.

Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey:

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UD Motorway and lane closures between Ballinasloe and Oranmore over next 8 days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commuters are being advised of upcoming motorway and lane closures on designated days between Ballinasloe and Oranmore between tomorrow and Thursday week, February 16th

The M6 Eastbound will be closed between Junction 19 and 18 from 10pm tomorrow (thurs feb 9) until 6am on Friday, with diversions in place.

On Monday 13th traffic will be down to one lane on the M6 WESTbound between junction 16 Loughrea and 17 Athenry.

The following day, one lane on that stretch EASTbound will be closed.

On Wednesday 15th, it will be down to one lane between Junction 16 Loughrea and 15 Ballinasloe.

Then on Thursday 16th, one lane will be closed between Junction 14 East Ballinasloe and Junction 15 West Ballinasloe.

All those closures will be in place from 8AM until 5PM each day.

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City tech firm partners with COPE Galway to support services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based tech firm is partnering with COPE Galway to support its services.

The domestic abuse and homelessness charity is set to receive funding and volunteer support from Salthill cybersecurity firm, TitanHQ.

The company voted to support COPE Galway, with the partnership established on a year-long basis.

Leonie Woutersen, Corporate Engagement Executive at COPE Galway, explains what the collaboration will involve.

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