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Moycullen accountant avoids jail for fraudulent activity

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Moycullen accountant has received a six-month suspended sentence for creating false documents, used to facilitate mortgage applicants obtain mortgages totalling more than 10 million euro from ACC Bank.
58-year-old Gerard Carr, of Homefarm, Moycullen, had initially been charged with 48 counts of forging P60′s, payslips, End of Year Accounts, Sole Trader Accounts and Statements of Affairs, using company headed paper, knowing they were false, between 2004 and 2009.
He pleaded guilty to six sample charges relating to the forgery of documents last May.
Detective Paul McHugh told the sentence hearing at Galway Circuit Criminal Court that 48 forged documents were created by the accused.
The documents were added to 22 loan files at ACC Bank with just over 10.1 million euro being lent to mortgage applicants as a result.
Detective McHugh said the accused offered bookkeeping services to small businesses and he would help his clients apply for loans.
The offences came to light when ACC took one of its customers to the Commercial Court because the loan was not performing and the customer asked to see his own bank file.
In it, he found a fake P60 with his name on it which showed the inflated earnings, Detective McHugh said.
The matter was then referred to the Garda Fraud Squad.
Prosecuting barrister, Conor Fahy, said “these offences occurred during the height of the Celtic Tiger when financial institutions were firing money at all and sundry.”
Senior Defence Counsel Bernard Madden, said with hindsight Carr regretted his actions.
Passing sentence, Judge Rory McCabe said imposing a custodial sentence would not be in the interests of justice and would be disproportionate as there was no evidence of anybody suffering a loss.
He said the accused had shown remorse, was now gainfully employed and was a productive member of society.
Judge McCabe imposed concurrent six-month sentences on each charge which he suspended unconditionally.

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1,386 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1386* confirmed cases of COVID-19.  

As of 8am today, 106 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU. 

(*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.) 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This pandemic has provided a prime example of how easily misinformation can spread online, and many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading. This is known as misinformation and it started to spread about potential COVID-19 vaccines even before any had been developed. Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk. 

“All of us together can help to stop the spread of misinformation. Remember not every post on social media is reliable or accurate – if you are not sure, then don’t share. 

“In Ireland we are fortunate to have very high levels of vaccine confidence with fantastic uptake across all age groups to date. Of course, many people will have questions about their vaccine but it is important that they access accurate and reliable information in order to get these questions answered. Do not rely on unsubstantiated information shared online. Instead go to trusted sources including hse.ie and gov.ie. GPs and healthcare professionals will also be able to answer any questions you may have when you go to your vaccine appointment.” 

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🎧 Call for City Council to reconsider Kirwan Junction “disaster”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are being urged to re-think the “disaster” that is the new Kirwan Junction.

That’s according to Councillor James Charity, who says the new layout is leading to unprecedented tailbacks.

He says he’s been innundated with calls from motorists who are caught in kilometres long tailbacks approaching the junction to access the N84.

Councillor Charity argues the design of the new junction severely limits access to the N84 and the current delays cannot be entirely explained by light sequencing or teething issues.

He also points out that some local roads in the Killoughter area are now under pressure as they’re being used as “rat runs” to avoid the junction

Councillor Charity believes the junction is not fit for purpose and needs urgent re-assessment:

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Plans to be lodged for new fire station in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new fire station in Athenry are expected to be lodged today. (23/7)

That’s according to Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn, who says the long-awaited facility will replace the current sub-standard base at Clarke Street.

The new three bay facility will be constructed on a site at Ballygurrane South on the edge of the town.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says a Part 8 planning application set to be lodged this afternoon is the culmination of years of hard work.

And she says the local fire crew are a huge asset to the local community…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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