Date Published: 22-Nov-2012
A 48-year-old book keeper has been given a suspended two-year sentence for stealing over €56,000 from a Galway business to feed her gambling addiction.
Fiona White, from Shrule Grove, Shrule appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
Fiona White had initially faced 46 charges relating to the theft and forgery of cheques for amounts ranging from €600 to €2,150 from Olympic Saddlery, Briarhill Business Park, Galway on dates between January 1, 2009 and January 10, 2011.
She pleaded guilty at Galway Circuit Criminal Court in July to ten sample charges, while admitting the facts in the remaining charges and the matter was adjourned for the preparation of reports.
Garda Padraig Healy told the sentencing hearing that the deception came to light in January 2011 when the owner of Olympic Saddlery received a call from the Bank of Ireland about a cheque made payable to White.
Bank staff felt the signature was questionable and when the woman checked her cheque book she noticed 41 cheques were missing and €56,299 had been taken out of her account.
White, he said, had been employed for some time by a book keeping company who did the accounts for Olympic Saddlery.
The Bank of Ireland, the court was told, had fully reimbursed Olympic Saddlery.
Defence barrister, Geri Silke said White had found herself in debt when she started gambling more money than she was earning and she felt dreadful for these offences.
Judge Gerard Griffin noted from a probation report handed into court that White’s risk of reoffending was low.
He sentenced her to two years in prison, which he suspended on condition she keep the peace for five years, continue to engage with her counsellor and continue to take medication prescribed by her doctor.
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.