Date Published: 21-Oct-2011
A 30 year old man has received a nine month suspended sentenced for impersonating a friend to withdraw money from a city bank.
Ian O’Sullivan with an address at 54 Cherry Lawn, Church Road, Blackrock, Cork city appeared at Galway District Court.
Garda Paul McNulty gave evidence that O’Sullivan had dishonestly induced an AIB official on the Tuam Road in the city, to withdraw €650 from his friend’s account, on 28th February this year.
The court also heard that he had signed a withdrawal slip in the name of his friend to access the funds without ID, having built up a knowledge of the account holder’s number, address details and date of birth.
Defence Solicitor Sean Acton said O’Sullivan had a gambling problem and had immediately admitted to defrauding the bank and his friend, whom he had grown up with in Fermoy.
Judge Mark Fahy imposed a nine month prison sentence, suspended for two years, on condition O’Sullivan is of good behaviour and stays away from Galway city and county.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.