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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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LISTEN: Gaillimh le Gaeilge On The Move

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Gearóidín Hynes who works with Gaillimh le Gaeilge in Galway City joined Barbara in studio and told our On The Move listeners about their latest online campaign and competition in association with GoBus.ie Take photos around the city of Irish language signage etc & use #NollaigShonaGaillimh

Also, they are compiling a list of businesses in Galway that can provide customers with service through Irish: https://gleg.ie/gaelphobal-chathair-na-gaillimhe-bearla/?lang=en

If you’d like to listen to Gearóidín on the show through Irish, you can listen back here: Cad ‘Déarfá le Gaillimh

If you have or know of anywhere with Irish language products, get in contact. We will cover this soon on the show.

On The Move weekdays 3pm-7pm with Barbara Nic Dhonnacha.

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New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.

The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.

The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.

Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.

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The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.

The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.

He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:

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