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Thief caught red-handed with stolen mobiles

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A Dublin man was caught red-handed in the middle of the night on his way to the bus station off Eyre Square with €3,000 worth of mobile phones, which had been stolen during Race Week last year.

Cosmin Stroescu (33), Flat 7, 112 North Circular Road, Dublin 7, had come to Galway during Race Week with others who stole the phones from unsuspecting revellers. His role was to bring the stolen phones back to Dublin.

He appeared before Galway District Court where he pleaded guilty to four counts of handling mobile phones, knowing they were stolen, at Eyre Square in the early hours of August 5, 2018.

He had initially been charged with six counts of handling six phones, but two of the charges were withdrawn following his plea of guilty to the remaining four charges.

Detective Sergeant Fergus Gaughan gave evidence he had been made aware of a spate of phone thefts across the city earlier that night and while on patrol in Eyre Square at around 4am his attention was drawn to Stroescu, who was acting suspiciously while making his way towards the bus station.

The accused, he said, had his phone in his hand looking at directions to the bus station.

Det Gaughan said he was acting very suspiciously and he asked him if he had any stolen property on him.

He then found six mobile phones in Stroescu’s inside pocket.

All of the phones had been turned off, restored to factory settings and had the SIM cards removed.

People had reported the phones stolen earlier and all were returned to their rightful owners.

Stroescu was arrested and brought to the Garda Station where he made full admissions to handling the stolen phones.

“He was part of a joint enterprise. His role was to hold the phones after the thefts and that is why he is charged solely with handling the stolen goods. The total value of the phones was in or around €3,000,” Det Gaughan said.

The phones were returned to the owners undamaged apart from the data being wiped, he added.

Defence solicitor, Martina Moran, said Stroescu worked in construction in Dublin and at the time felt pressured by others to get involved in the enterprise.

Judge John Cheatle said Stroescu was entitled to credit for the guilty plea and for co-operating with the Garda investigation.

The owners, he said, had all been traced but the sheer amount of charges and the value of the phones was of concern.

He sentenced Stroescu to six months in prison on one of the four handling charges, and suspended the sentence for twelve months, while taking the remaining charges into account.

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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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