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Rahoon grandmother given more time to repay in theft case

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A grandmother who coerced a 92-year-old woman into parting with her life savings, has been given more time to repay €10,000 or else go to prison for two years.
61 year old Mary McDonagh, of 32 Droim Chaoin, Rahoon appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court.
McDonagh pleaded guilty to six sample charges of theft from the elderly woman who lives alone in the Salthill area of the city, on dates between April, 2012 and January, 2013, when she first appeared before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in January.
Facts in the remaining twenty charges were admitted by McDonagh.
The amounts involved in the six charges before the court varied from €1,000 to €4,000.
The amounts stolen in the remaining charges varied from €300 to €4,000.
McDonagh, who claims she gambled the money away, brought €350 to court in January but that was viewed as an insult and she was given three weeks to come up with more money.
McDonagh brought a further €3,650 to court in mid-February but Judge Rory McCabe said that was a derisory figure given the nature of the offences.
Defence barrister Geri Silke said her client had gambled the money away but her family had gathered €3,650 in compensation and she would also repay €20 a week.
The victim’s family said they did not believe McDonagh had no more money.
In court this week, defence solicitor, Olivia Traynor said her client had a further €4,725 in court and would need more time to come up with the balance.
Judge McCabe agreed to adjourn sentence to July 8.
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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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