Date Published: 20-Dec-2012
A Liverpool supporter has been given a suspended eighteen-month sentence for duping 26 other fans out of €7,000 by selling them bogus trips to Liverpool which included non-existent tickets to a Liverpool v Chelsea match.
25 year old Jonathan Farrell, an unemployed shop assistant, of 20 Merlin Park Lane, Merlin Park, Galway, was sentenced before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Sixteen fans were left stranded at Shannon airport on January 31, 2009, while eight others who had travelled on their own bat to Anfield for the match the next day were left standing in the cold outside the grounds with no tickets.
Farrell had pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in December 2010 to five sample charges, out of a total of 26 charges, to the theft of varying amounts of money from 26 Liverpool supporters on dates between January 1 and 31, 2009.
He had walked into Galway Garda Station the day before the match and admitted setting up the scam to con fellow Liverpool supporters out of the money.
Farrell said he had gambling debts at the time of €11,000 and needed the money to repay those.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.