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Milltown couple overcharged by more than a million euro in traacker scandal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A couple from Milltown were overcharged more than a million euro by KBC Bank Ireland in the tracker mortgage scandal.
John and Christine Foye were incorrectly moved to higher interest-rate mortgages on their properties.
The Milltown couple were overcharged by the Belgian-owned bank on loans across a number of investment properties.
According to today’s Irish Times, they were moved off a fixed interest rate to a higher variable rate instead of a lower interest tracker rate.
The sudden switch to higher rate mortgages resulted in John and Christine Foye becoming insolvent and losing their properties to a bank-appointed receiver.
The bank has offered to pay the couple, who are in their 60s, almost 380 thousand euro in compensation.
However the couple still has a debt of about 4.5 million euro and are seeking a debt solution from the court.

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Gardaí renew appeal concerning disappearance of Carna woman in 1985

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the disappearance of Barbara Walsh from her Carna home 36 years ago.

The appeal has been renewed today as her family mark 36 years since she went missing from her home in Rusheenamanagh on June 22nd 1985 at approximately 4am.

Tuesday June 22, 2021 marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Barbara, who was a mother of seven.

Today An Garda Síochána are issuing an appeal with Crimestoppers as part of the ongoing investigation.

In particular An Garda Síochána are appealing to the wider Carna community for their assistance, and believe that individuals in this Gaeltacht community have information which may provide Barbara’s family with some answers.

On Friday June 21, 1985 Barbara held a party at her house in Rusheenamanagh in Carna.

She was last seen at her home at 4am on June 22, 1985.

Her family have not seen or heard from her since.

A full case review was conducted in January 2015 and a series of planned searches were also carried out at that time, and since, by investigating Gardaí with the assistance of the Garda Technical Bureau, a cadaver dog from the UK and also a forensic anthropologist.

Detective Sergeant Colm Mac Donnachadha says Carna is a close-knit Gaeltacht community and Gardaí believe there are people in this community who may have information that can help their investigation.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025, Salthill Garda Station on 091-514720, any Garda Station, or the confidential line 1800 666 111.

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Concern over level of lifeguard cover at popular Connemara beaches

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara County Councillors have been advised there are two constraints to providing more lifeguards at beaches in the area.

Director of Services Michael Owens explained it is sometimes difficult to find qualified lifeguards and there is the added challenge with financial resources.

Councillor Eileen Mannion said that there is only one lifeguard at beaches at the weekends all along the west and north Connemara coastline.

That lifeguard is at the Gurteen and Dog’s Bay beaches in Roundstone and she argued that more are needed.

Councillor Gerry King reminded the meeting that the Roundstone lifeguard service was put in place three weeks earlier than usual this year and the period of duty had been extended from six hours to eight hours per day.

Council executive Michael Owens said they had 50 on the books but availability is a factor and so is money.

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Galway TD calls for restoration of right to retire at 65

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is calling on the government to restore the right to retire at 65.

Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell has called on all TDs to back the party’s motion which will come before the Dáil today.

Deputy Farrell argues people who worked hard all their lives deserve the right to retire on their full pension at 65.

She says it’s a fundamental issue of dignity for workers who deserve the choice to either retire on the full pension rate or to work on in their job.

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