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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Galway pupils collect 5 tonnes of litter through “Picker Pals” programme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway schools collected 5 tonnes of litter for their schools last year – through the 2021 Picker Pals programme.
66 different schools across the county took part in the national initiative – which aims to encourage children to contribute to a better environment through fun-based activities.
With 75 spaces still available on this year’s programme – schools are being encouraged to get involved once again.
Programme Manager, Angela Kenny – says the feedback from pupils, teachers and parents has been hugely positive.
City Council defends issuing of zero fines for dog fouling last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has moved to defend the fact it issued no fines for dog fouling last year.
It was one of several local authorities nationwide who failed to issue fines – but it points out that it has achieved significant reductions in dog fouling through other initiatives.
Dog poo – for many, a blight on the landscape all too commonly found abandoned on our streets, footpaths, amenity areas and green spaces.
And if you don’t pick up after your dog, you can face an on the spot fine of €150.
But in Galway City, there wasn’t a single fine issued last year.
The county fared little better, with just two fines issued by Galway County Council.
Galway City Council says it should be noted that litter fines for dog fouling are hard to issue, because the warden has to catch the dog in the act.
It adds it’s also difficult to get details of the person responsible for the dog.
But it does point to the successful rollout of the “Clean It Up, You Dirty Pup” campaign last June at various locations across Galway City.
The initiative, which worked closely with local communities, led to a reduction of 60 percent in dog fouling in 5 trial areas over a 6 week period.
Garda appeal over office furniture dumped and burned in Castlegar
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are appealing for information after a large haul of office furniture was dumped and burned in Castlegar.
The incident took place at Ballintemple/Brocklagh during Race Week between the 25th and the 31st of July.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí or Galway County Council Waste Management.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Garda Marcus Flynn has this advice for anyone who has doubts about waste management contractors.