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WOMAN GIVEN SUSPENDED SENTENCE FOR CITY SADDLERY THEFT

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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