Galway Bay fm newsroom – A grandmother who coerced a 92-year-old woman into parting with her life savings, has been given more time to repay €10,000 or else go to prison for two years.
61 year old Mary McDonagh, of 32 Droim Chaoin, Rahoon appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
McDonagh pleaded guilty to six sample charges of theft from the elderly woman who lives alone in the Salthill area of the city, on dates between April, 2012 and January, 2013, when she first appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in January.
Facts in the remaining twenty charges were admitted by McDonagh.
The amounts involved in the six charges before the court varied from €1,000 to €4,000.
The amounts stolen in the remaining charges varied from €300 to €4,000.
McDonagh, who claims she gambled the money away, brought €350 to court in January but that was viewed as an insult and she was given three weeks to come up with more money.
McDonagh brought a further €3,650 to court in mid-February but Judge Rory McCabe said that was a derisory figure given the nature of the offences.
Defence barrister Geri Silke said her client had gambled the money away but her family had gathered €3,650 in compensation and she would also repay €20 a week.
The victim’s family said they did not believe McDonagh had no more money.
In court this week, defence solicitor, Olivia Traynor said her client had a further €4,725 in court and would need more time to come up with the balance.
Judge McCabe agreed to adjourn sentence to July 8.
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1,386 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
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.”
🎧 Call for City Council to reconsider Kirwan Junction “disaster”
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:
Plans to be lodged for new fire station in Athenry
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…
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