Limerick news briefs – Prison loans, Willie’s way, fake 50s and oil thefts

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Prison loans

INMATES at Limerick Prison availed of interest-free loans to buy a dog, repay money owed to the prison tuck shop and purchase an x-box games console. Their borrowings formed part of the €498,708 in interest-free loans given by the Irish Prison Service to prisoners over the past three years. Prisoners also borrowed to help meet family communion and confirmation expenses. Prisoners receive a €2.20 daily allowance and deductions for loan repayments are taken from this. The Prison Service said that while the criteria for loan approval rests with each prison governor, the majority of loans are repaid except in cases where inmates are released early.

Willie Walsh to address Shannon Chamber

WILLIE Walsh, the chief executive of the IAG airlines group, will be the main speaker at the Shannon Chamber President’s lunch on Friday, November 24. Chamber chief executive Helen Downes said they were delighted to welcome the head of one of the leading airlines in the world to their annual function. “It is most appropriate, given the concentration of aviation companies in Shannon, and the fact that AIG’s strategies are particularly relevant to Shannon, that he has chosen to visit us at this time. Mr Walsh is expected to share his views on future developments in international aviation which will have a significant bearing on the prosperity of Shannon Airport, the surrounding region and the West of Ireland in the years ahead,” she said. See www.shannonchamber.ie/events-training

Fake fifties

FAKE €50 notes are in circulation and Gardaí in Limerick are urging people to be vigilant in the run up to Christmas. The warning comes after a woman was duped out of €800 and an iPhone 7 she had offered for sale. She met a man posing as a prospective buyer in Castletroy last Saturday when he handed over the cash and she gave him the phone. However, a short time later she realised that the notes she had been given were fake. Sgt Ber Leech of the Crime Prevention Unit said that if a seller or buyer is legitimate they will have no problem providing a number or points of identification. When one buyer recently asked to take a photo of the seller, he turned and ran from the car park,” she said.

MInd the heating oil

AS the cold weather looks to set in over the coming weeks, home owners with oil fired central heating are being urged to get locks for their tanks. The warning comes after a family on the Old Cratloe Road had €200 worth of oil, delivered at 1pm last Thursday only to find that it had been siphoned off when they returned home at 6pm. Sergeant Ber Leetch of the Crime Prevention Office said that most homes have their oil tank concealed either behind a hedge or wall so it isn’t always possible to see thieves stealing fuel. “Our advice is to buy a lock for your tank. An oil fill is expensive and it should be protected,” she said.

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