Galway Bay fm newsroom – Supermac’s boss Pat McDonagh says he has been blackmailed over the planning process a number of times in the past.
The report in the Sunday Business Post follows recent controversy over alleged fake submissions on a planning application for a service station in Co. Clare.
Mr. McDonagh says while blackmail and extortion are common, he has never negotiated or engaged with any company or individual engaging in such practices.
According to the Sunday Business Post, Pat McDonagh has revealed that he’s been blackmailed several times over planning applications.
It reports that a number of businesses have attempted to extort money from the Galway businessman in return for the withdrawal of such applications.
He further claims companies have tried to force him into supplier agreements or business arrangements in return for withdrawing objections to other applications.
It’s alleged that in one case, an individual attempted to extort a high six-figure sum from Supermac’s in exchange for retracting a negative submission from a planning file.
Mr. McDonagh says while attempted blackmail or extortion is common, he has never negotiated or engaged with any company or individual attempting such practices against either himself or Supermac’s.
The revelations follow recent controversy over alleged fake submissions on a motorway service station earmarked for the Galway-Limerick motorway.
The signatures of dozens of people were used without their permission in submissions of support – and in one case, involved the signature of a man who died in 2003.
A planning consultant hired by Supermac’s recently confirmed he submitted the controversial letters – but argued they were gathered by other parties and submitted in good faith.
Howard Williams of Inis Environmental Consultants also said Mr. McDonagh had no input into the submissions and apologised for any upset caused.
Previously, Supermac’s said it was shocked by the situation – stated it would never support such practices – and called for a Garda investigation into the matter.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.