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GALWAY JUDGE URGES OVERHAUL OF SOCIAL WELFARE SCREENING SYSTEM

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Date Published: 12-Feb-2009

Judge Mary Fahy has called on the Department of Social and Family Affairs to overhaul its screening procedures as certain people seem to have no difficulty in defrauding the system.

The judge made the comments at Galway District Court yesterday after hearing how a Russian man, living in Galway illegally since 2003, managed to defraud the Department of 10thousand euro.

40 year old Alexandrs Loukianenko, of 134 Castlelawn Heights, Headford Road, was given sentences totalling 20 months.

Garda Pat Foley told the court he received a complaint from Joe Ryan, manager of Dawn Dairies in Renmore, in November last year that food was being stolen regularly from two cold rooms at the depot.

Garda Foley said Loukianenko was hired by Custodian security company in 2002 to work as a security man at the depot every weekend on his own

When he viewed CCTV cameras positioned in the cold rooms they showed the accused stealing frozen products, valued at €2,000 on four separate dates last November.

Loukianenko came to Ireland legally in 2001 and was working as a security man but when his permit expired in 2003, he bought a Lithuanian passport and Irish driving licence

Loukianenko used the documents to make four claims for social welfare payments on various dates from 2007 to December 12 last.

Defence solicitor, Olivia Traynor said her client had €3,000 to offer as compensation to Dawn Dairies.

Judge Fahy said “Other people have to wait for months and queue outside, yet, this man can go in, coolly and calmly and get his claim sorted.”

Sentences totalling twenty months were imposed on the accused and he was disqualified from driving for two years for driving without insurance when intercepted by Gardai.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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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