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Receiver sells apartment owned by former Galway minister

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A receiver working for a US vulture fund has sold off a two-bed apartment owned by former Fianna Fáil government minister Frank Fahey in an online auction.

The apartment in ‘The Steeples’ student residential development in Limerick City – close to the University of Limerick – sold at the Allsop auction yesterday (Thursday) morning for €57,000.

Bidding opened at €45,000, with five individuals chasing the property.

Tenants are currently in place, and it generates an annual rent of €5,400.

The second-floor apartment (462 square feet) was purchased in October 2006 by Mr Fahey and his wife Ethelle – who live in Carraig Ban, Menlo – with a 20-year mortgage of €200,000 from Irish Nationwide.

Lone Star’s Irish arm, Shoreline Residential, bought tranches of home loans from the former Anglo Irish Bank (which included mortgages from Irish Nationwide customers) and appointed receiver Tom Kavanagh of Deloitte to the apartment in February 2015.

That same month, an apartment in the same building sold for €35,000.

Mr Fahey has been investing in property since he was 20 years of age – before he lost his Dáil seat in 2011, the Oireachtas Register of Interests showed he owned two apartments in Roscommon; two houses in Gort; an apartment at Dun Aengus on the Docks; a house at Dún na Coiribe; a house in Leixlip; an apartment in Dublin; a shareholding in an apartment at Gort na Coiribe; shareholding in extended family owned properties in Athlone; shareholding in four apartments and a shop in Limerick; shareholding in two retail units, two offices and a warehouse in Gort; a house in Dubai; fifteen apartments owned in partnership in Brussels; a house in France and deposits paid on two properties in Portugal.

 

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50 domestic abuse 999 calls to Galway Gardaí cancelled

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s Garda Chief has committed to a ‘root and branch investigation’ after an internal review unearthed over 50 domestic abuse calls that were cancelled by local Gardaí.

An internal Garda inquiry has revealed that nationally, members of the force cancelled between 3,000 and 4,000 domestic abuse-related ‘999’ calls between 2019 and 2020.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Monday, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told members that the inquiry found 53 such calls in the Galway Division.

He said he had been tasked by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to sift through the calls and follow up on how they were handled by Gardaí.

“In relation to domestic incidents where calls were cancelled, I have 53 from my division. I am carrying out a root and branch investigation and perhaps at the next JPC meeting, I will be able to give an update of the findings.

“I have only listened to a number of the calls at the moment and I’d rather be in possession of the full facts before commenting any further,” said Chief Supt Curley.
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Councillor claims dealers are using jet skis to bring drugs to Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Drugs are being delivered into the city by jet skis coming down the Corrib, a meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) heard on Monday.

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said there had been reports of dealers using jet skis to come down the river from areas around Headford and Cong, dropping deliveries in the city without fear of detection.

“Do we have a Garda water unit in Galway City to deal with that,” asked Cllr Fahy.

The Chief Superintendent, Tom Curley, said he was not aware of the practice but if anyone had any information on these deliveries, they should bring it to Gardaí.

“We haven’t got a water unit in the city but there is one in Athlone that is available to us any day of the week,” he added.

This came as the JPC was informed that drugs seizures have soared in the city, with year-on-year figures for detection of dealing up 84% in the first five months of 2021.
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Walk-in Covid test facility to open in city centre next week

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Galway City Tribune – A new walk-in Covid testing centre will open in the old tourist office off Forster Street next Tuesday.

The centre will replace the one at NUIG, where students were being encouraged to get tested without an appointment if they showed symptoms or were close contacts of somebody who tested positive.

It will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

The new location will be a more convenient base for people visiting the city to check for the virus over the coming weeks as the tourist season ramps up.

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