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Suspended sentence for employee who stole from Brown Thomas Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 36 year old employee with a serious gambling addiction, has been given a suspended two-year sentence for stealing almost €50,000 from Brown Thomas Galway.

Jennifer Keady, of 333 Boireann Beag, Roscam, first appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in April.

She had she pleaded guilty to the theft of 49 thousand 800 euro from Brown Thomas, Eglinton Street, between March 1st and August 27th last year.

Detective Sergeant Willie Byrne told the sentencing hearing that Keady started working in the cash office at the store in October 2011.

She took over the office in 2012 when the young woman running it fell seriously ill.

She immediately began to misappropriate cash which was being delivered on a regular basis by a security company and issued false lodgement slips to cover her tracks.

Staff at Brown Thomas called in the Gardaí and they went to Keady’s home on September 21, 2012 where they found a pencil case containing €3,500 during the search.

Keady admitted to stealing €100 a day at first to feed her gambling addiction but as it spiralled out of control she was taking more.

She calculated she had stolen €52,000 but managed to repay €2,200 by the time Gardaí closed in on her.

She realised she could never repay the money as she had gambled it away.

She knew the office was going to be audited on August 27th that year and she crashed her car on purpose on the motorway, breaking a bone, so as to avoid having to come into work that day.

She also took a drugs overdose the night before the Gardaí interviewed her.

Defence barrister, Geri Silke said her client had had a serious gambling addiction but had since turned her life around with the help of Gamblers’ Anonymous.

Ms Silke said Keady had brought €1,000 to court and was very sorry for what she had done.

Judge Rory McCabe directed the €3,500 found in the pencil case along with the €1,000 be returned to the store and said justice would not be served by sending the accused to prison.

Her early plea, her remorse and her efforts to seek help for her addiction merited a two-year sentence, he said.

The judge suspended the sentence for five years to act, he said, as both a deterrent and incentive to Keady to continue to rehabilitate herself.

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Domino’s Pizza creating 30 jobs across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM news – Domino’s Pizza is creating 1,000 new jobs in Ireland, including 30 in Galway.

The pizza chain has launched a recruitment drive in order to meet an expected increase in demand, during the World Cup in November.

The 30 local jobs will be across Domino’s two stores – on Prospect Hill and the Old Seamus Quirke road.

Chief Executive of the company’s Irish arm, Scott Bush, says some of the jobs will be seasonal, but there will be opportunities to progress:

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Clifden District Hospital described as vital service which takes pressure off city hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatives are to meet with HSE senior personnel at Merlin Park this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE last Friday – informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.

Senator Seán Kyne was one of the organisers of a public meeting in the Clifden Town Hall yesterday afternoon, which saw almost 600 in attendance.

Senator Kyne spoke to our reporter Máirtín Ó Catháin about the importance of the local hospital:

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Galway city house prices rose by 11.6% in the past year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in Galway city have risen by 11.6 percent in the past year.

The average price of a home nationwide is up point 1 per cent between June and September, compared to the second quarter.

While in Dublin prices are 6 per cent higher than a year previously.

Daft.ie report author Ronan Lyons has said that the number of homes available to buy is up by over a fifth.

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