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NUIG pays €1.2m per annum to cleaning firm

Dara Bradley

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A private company which provides cleaning services to NUI Galway is itself ‘cleaning up’ – earning around €1.2 million a year.

NUIG has budgeted some €4.8 million for the provision of cleaning services and associated cleaning supplies from a private cleaning company for a four-year period.

The university estimates that it will need to pay some €1.2 million per annum to Grosvenor Cleaning Services Ltd.

Details of the sums are contained in minutes of NUIG Governing Body meetings released to the Galway City Tribune under Freedom of Information (FOI).

Meanwhile, City Direct, the private bus company, is earning some €182,000 per annum – or €728,000 over four years – for the provision of a Park and Ride bus service, which is popular among students.

The minutes reveal that G4S Secure Solutions Ireland Ltd is paid €1.4 million over four years (an estimated €352,000 per year) for the “provision of security services”.

A contract with Trueform Engineering Ltd for “external bespoke wayfinding signage” was worth €290,000.

MediaVest Ltd was paid €450,000 for “advertising of recruitment and public notices”.

Intel Corporation UK Ltd was paid a sum of €4.3 million for “national high performance and technical computing infrastructure”.

The annual cost of the contract for gas supply from Airtricity was €720,000.

Coady Partnership Architects earned a contract worth €1.67 million to provide a ‘single point design team for student accommodation’.

Wriggle Learning has a contract worth €380,000 per annum for “Apple devices and associated services”, according to the minutes.

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Gardaí issue warning on ‘movie money’

Enda Cunningham

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Some of the 'movie money' which has been seized.

Gardaí have warned of an increase in ‘novelty’ euro notes – which are almost identical to real currency – in circulation.

The notes are usually marked ‘movie money’ or ‘prop money’, but this can often go unnoticed by the person handling it. They do not have any security features.

Revenue Officers have seized notes in varying denominations representing a value of €430,895 in recent mail centre detections.

Detective Superintendent Michael Cryan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said: “People need to be aware that such notes exist and at busy times, especially late at night, they need to exercise a little care and attention.

“These notes are easily identifiable if precautionary checks are made. Also people who try to tender such notes as real face prosecution, a possible prison sentence and a conviction, which is for life. Such convictions have serious ramifications if one wanted to travel, to work in certain sectors and it can affect their credit rating”.

“We advise businesses and members of the public who deal in cash to be aware that such notes are in circulation and take appropriate precautionary measures. Business owners should ensure staff members handling cash are alerted to watch out for these fraudulent notes.

“The use of fraudulent currency when trying to purchase goods or services is an offence under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act 2001 and carries a potential prison sentence of 10 years.

“These fraudulent notes should not be accepted as legal tender and any incidents of persons trying to pay with “prop money” should be reported to Gardaí immediately,” said Det Supt Cryan.

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Fire at site of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel

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Emergency services are at the scene of a large fire at the site of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel which broke out in the early hours of this morning.

Four units of the Galway Fire and Rescue Service were called to the former hotel near GMIT at 5.45am. A unit from Athenry is also in attendance at the scene.

Fire fighters are maintaining a presence at the derelict hotel, which has been the scene of a number of arson attacks over the past number of years.

 

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Three refused bail on violent disorder charges

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Three men who were arrested this morning as part of a Garda investigation into violent disorder at a funeral in Mervue last year, have been denied bail by a District Court Judge.

Denis Hannafin, Curry; Robbie Hannafin, Corboy, Edgeworthstown and Tommy Hannafin, Dublin Road – all in Longford – were charged with violent disorder in connection with an incident which occurred outside Holy Family funeral home on in January 13 last year.

Detective Garda Ronan Leonard told the court this morning that CCTV footage showed a number of members of the Hannafin family outside the funeral home on January 13, 2019, at approximately 3.15pm, when a number of members of the McGinley family made their way towards them.

An altercation ensued, which resulted in one member of the McGinley family suffering a gunshot wound, while another received a stab wound to the back. A third man suffered acid wounds.

Gardaí explained that there is a feud going on between the two families, which began when juvenile members of the families got into a fight at a pool hall.

Detective Leonard voiced concerns that if the three accused were granted bail, they would commit further offences and intimidate members of the McGinley family.

Judge Seamus Hughes had remanded the three accused in custody to Harristown District Court next Friday, February 28.

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