She had been “effectively homeless” for much of the past 18 months and the offenses had occurred at a time when she had gone “off the rails.”
McNamara was sentenced to two months in prison for handling. A six-month sentence for theft was suspended for 12 months.
A TEENAGE boy -- once described by a Garda source as “Athlone’s most troublesome burglar” -- found himself back in jail in an attempt by the judge to kickstart his education.
“He treats prison as a boarding school. That shows an intellect,” said Judge Seamus Hughes, after the boy’s solicitor reminded him that almost a year ago he sought a bigger sentence for his client to allow him sit the Junior Cert in jail, and that he hoped to sit his Leaving Cert.
The boy was in court to hear his sentence after pleading guilty to a dozen burglary charges on an earlier date, but which had been adjourned to allow the Probation Service to update its report on the 16-year-old who now has just under 50 convictions.
Hughes was not impressed by the report, and made this known to Padraig Quinn, solicitor for the boy.
Quinn reminded the judge of his client’s “very dysfunctional background,” and that he “tends to re-offend almost immediately on release.”
Accompanied in court by his mother, she told the court she wished her son “would go back on the medication for ADHD,” but the boy disagreed it was the cause of his behavior.
Noting the school year has just started, Hughes suggested the boy “knuckle down and do something,” and offered to sentence him to two years with one suspended, but Quinn cautioned that “it’s very important that there is some post-release structure put in place.”
“I could send him off for two years,” offered the judge, but accepted Quinn’s advice, and sentenced the boy to nine months detention in Oberstown House, with a further nine months of Probation Service supervision to follow.
Jobs Go Unfilled
A THURLES-based company which is seeking to increase its workforce by more than 90 people before Christmas may have to relocate to the U.K. in a bid to keep contracts due to the fact that they simply cannot recruit staff.
ARE Direct Sales Management Ltd., which operates out of the Archerstown Industrial Estate just outside Thurles, is one of the fastest growing companies in the region, having started out less than one year ago. The company currently employs 26 people but has won lucrative contracts from the likes of Pure Telecom, Energia Electricity, and 3 Mobile. These contracts now mean that they must recruit, as a matter of urgency, at least 18 people now, with a further 75 to be added before Christmas.
However, the real story is in the number of people who have failed to turn up for interview, having submitted their CVs and received an invite to meet with the company. A total of 75 people were called over a four week period but only 18 showed up. Of those 18, 10 were offered jobs, but only seven took them up.
“It is a horrendous situation to be in,” company co-founder Aidan Ryan said.
“We are competing with the social welfare system and even though we are offering a good basic wage, together with commission incentives, company car, mobile phones, fuel allowances, etc. people just don’t want to know. This is creating huge problems, not just for us, but for many companies across the country.”
Having been hugely frustrated by the recruitment process, the company turned to the Government and made direct contact with Fine Gael Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton, asking him if there was anything he could do to help them recruit staff. He said that he was too busy at the time, but asked them to e-mail him the details.
The company received an acknowledgement of the e-mail from the department, and have not heard from him since.