UPDATED 5pm: The standoff between the staff of a Letterkenny bakery and the Revenue Commissioners has ended – for now.Workers acting on behalf of the tax sheriff have left the scene and the workers who had baracaded themselves into the Highland Bakery premises have left the building.Another shift of workers have now moved in to work in the premises. Earlier today businessman Kevin Bradley told Donegaldaily.com that he is trying his best to keep the company afloat and the 28 full-time jobs at the Letterkenny bakery.Mr Bradley was speaking after officials acting on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners tried to enter the Killyclug premises earlier today.However more than 20 staff inside have barricaded themselves inside and are refusing to come out.“Mr Bradley told us “I know I owe them money – that is no secret but I am trying my best. “I am trying to keep these people in jobs. I do not want to walk away form this. Some of these people have been with me for 12 years.“I would appeal to the Revenue to allow me more grace and to try and get things sorted,” he said.It is believed a number of men acting on behalf of the tax sheriff have tried to gain entry to the building to remove machinery.Gardai also arrived at the scene of the stand-off in the Glencar area of the town, but have since left.Mr Bradley, who is currently in hospital, says he had 48 employees up until last year but had to let staff go. “You show me business people who aren’t finding things tight. The funny thing is that we are trading well at the moment but we need time to get out of this,” he said.Donegal Daily visited the scene of the stand-off but found all doors locked.Two staff from the Revenue Commissioner’s office sat inside a car outside but declined to make any comment.A recovery truck parked nearby had also been brought onto the site by staff acting on behalf of the Revenue. Later Padraig MacLochlainn tried to raise the stand-off in the Dail, but he was prevented from doing so because it was a breach of procedures.BAKERY STAND-OFF COMES TO AN END AS TAX OFFICIALS LEAVE THE SCENE was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GardaiHighland BakeryKevin Bradleytax sheriff
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A 47-year-old woman who stole €760,000 from her employer has pleaded guilty to 20 sample counts of theft at Donegal Circuit Court.Tara Sweeney, with an address at the Glebe in Donegal Town, spent most of the money on high-end fashion goods purchased online. The thefts occurred at the County Donegal Education Centre over a six year period.Sentencing in the case was today has been put back until next March.The court was told that Tara Sweeney was an accounts administrator at the Donegal Education Centre from 2009 until 2015.RTE reports that she had no formal qualifications but was solely responsible for payroll and had full access to seven bank accounts.It was only in June 2015 when a new director was apppointed to the company that suspicions were raised about large amounts of money missing.Tara Sweeney resigned from her job and Gardaí carried out a search of her home. They discovered ten black refuse bags filled with documentation from her workplace.An expenditure analysis by a specialist accounting firm showed electronic credit transfers totalling over €760,000 going into accounts in her name.The court heard the balances in those accounts were moderate given the level of substantial withdrawals.Detective Garda Ciaran O’Brien told the court that the bulk of money was spent on high end fashion goods including designer handbags by Gucci and Prada, cosmetics, sunglasses, clothes, shoes, perfume and jewellery.The court heard that thousands of items were left in bags and boxes unused once they had been purchased.When interviewed by Gardaí, she admitted that she had made all of these purchases but couldn’t remember individual transactions.The court heard she was shocked at the figure of €760,000 thinking it was more in the region of €250,000. This amount she accepted, was also bad.Giving evidence in court, she said she found it difficult to explain her online shopping addiction other than to say she did it to make herself feel better.She had been under a lot stress in the workplace, had lost her mother and was bringing up her son alone.Tara Sweeney apologised to her family and former co-workers for the pain and distress she had caused.A psychiatric report described her as a loner who had suffered depression in the past but she showed no signs of mental illness and had accepted full responsibility for her actions.Peter Nolan, barrister for Tara Sweeney, said she had indulged in behaviour that was the ruination of her life.He said she had been chasing an illusion whereby purchasing thousands of luxury goods would sort out her life.He said Ms Sweeney was now unemployed and facing repossession of her house.He asked Judge John Aylmer not to send her to prison saying she had engaged in criminal activity but was not a “typical criminal”. Tara Sweeney had no previous convictions.The Judge deferred sentencing until next March.The County Donegal Education Centre have issued proceedings in an effort to recover some of the monies lost.Woman stole €760K and blew it on high-end fashion was last modified: December 19th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalFashionTara Sweeneytheft
View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Although teams often avoid showing their full potential in testing, Mercedes has usually fared better at this point in previous seasons.“They do seem very strong, no matter which kind of fuel load or engine mode they’re running,” Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said of Ferrari. “Whatever you try to correct that for, in any case, they are quick, on short runs and long runs. I think we feel, at this point, that they’re going to be a bit ahead, but obviously it’s impossible to make a detailed calculation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRenault’s Nico Hulkenberg set the fastest time of the week on Thursday with a time of 1 minute, 17.393 seconds at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon. Hulkenberg teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third, ahead of Bottas and his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc, who led the timesheets on Tuesday, ended sixth with Ferrari on a slower tire compound.Hamilton and Bottas totaled only 115 laps with both cars on Thursday, while Leclerc ran 138 with his Ferrari. Testing will continue Tuesday-Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly of France steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MONTMELO, Spain—The first week of Formula testing ended with Ferrari looking to be a step ahead of Mercedes.Ferrari showed good pace and reliability throughout the first four days of testing in Spain, while Mercedes didn’t look up to full speed.ADVERTISEMENT “I think there is a lot of potential, but it’s not yet quite there,” Bottas said. “But I feel a sense in the team of a bit of an excitement to discover more about the car and to improve it, because at this point, it looks like we are not miles ahead of everyone. It seems like . Ferrari are in a better place.”Hamilton on Wednesday predicted a stronger challenge from Ferrari this year. The five-time world champion beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel the last two seasons in the drivers’ championship. Mercedes has won the constructors’ title for five straight years.Hamilton and Bottas had faster overall times than Vettel and Leclerc, although their laps came on faster tires. Mercedes also ran 12 more laps than Ferrari during the four days of testing.Vettel was the fastest driver on Monday.McLaren had a promising first week, being able to run more laps than in both test sessions combined last year. Williams, which started testing later than the other teams because of delays with its 2019 car, ran only 88 laps in total, the fewest among all teams. Alfa Romeo, formerly known as Sauber, had a promising week, racking up a high lap count and setting fast times.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine football chief
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February 22, 2003Alumnus Rohan Loveland attended the May 2002 workshop. He returned for a brief visit with his parents Radon and Mary Loveland and his friend Stephen Ulrich. The discussion in the cafe centers around a project that the Loveland family wants to do during their visit. Scott Riley, head of utilities, Agriculture manager Adam Nordfors and chief of electricity at Arcosanti, Dr. Sparks, suggest to refurbish the old well pump in camp. The Loveland family donated funds to engage a pump-specialist and the time to address the problem and get it solved. We now have a working pump to expand the irrigation system for the gardens and the second field. “Thank You” to Rohan and his family for their time and generous donation. [from left] Scott Riley, Radon Loveland, Adam Nordfors, Stephen Ulrich, Rohan Loveland, Dr. Sparks and Mary Loveland. [Photo & Text: sa]
SAINTS U19s put on the perfect curtain raiser to the main event with a nine try 48-10 demolition of the Auld Enemy, writes Graham Henthorne.In oppressively humid and hot conditions the Saints took control in the latter stages of the first half putting the game out of reach.Lewis Galbraith was close to continuing his rich vein of form as he was just prevented from opening the scoring as he was ankle tapped as he streaked away from the cover.The relief for the visitors was short-lived; however, as aggressive defence forced the error on the second tackle from the scrum. Three tackles later and the increasingly impressive Connor Dwyer was sauntering through a massive hole on his way to the first Saints try.The visitors took advantage of a steeping penalty count to even the scores. But as the game entered the second quarter the Saints superior fitness and ball control took its toll allowing full back Danny Abram to score a brace of tries.The first came after the Saints received their first penalty of the game 24 minutes in. Drives from Greg Richards and Adam Hesketh, having his best game for many a month, put the Saints on the front foot. When the ball was spread to the right Abram injected himself in to the line, stepping off his right foot and reaching out for a great try.Then came a Saints special. Galbraith expertly gathered a last tackle kick behind his own line before speeding along the line and feeding opposite winger Ben Parry who cleared the lines. The forwards rolled up their sleeves before Abram again popped up this time racing 60 metres through the middle of the ruck and outpacing his opposite number to the sticks.A 16 – 4 lead at the break would have been good but two tries in the final three minutes of the half really killed off the visitors.A dart from dummy half by a rejuvenated Dom Speakman found Dwyer on the burst. In a planned move he in turn found Lewis Charnock on his inside who was stopped just short. From the play the ball Hesketh got his just deserts charging onto the ball for his first try of the year.In the last play of the half Danny Yates profited from another Speakman break sprinting the final distance to the sticks.Knowing that the job was only half done and how poorly the Saints had started second halves recently, much emphasis was put into reversing that trend by the coaching staff at the break. Their wishes were made into reality courtesy of Hesketh again forcing an error with a big hit in the opening set.There followed a steady stream of tries with only a consolation in reply.Charnock gathered a knocked down pass on the visitors 30 metre line, fed his winger Parry who jinked his way off his left foot twice to touch down for the sixth try.Charnock then notched his own four pointer popping up at the right time to take Yates’ pass after a fine offload from Captain James Tilley.Matty Fozard showed great awareness and soft hands as he won the race to mop up a difficultly bouncing chip kick. Jack Ashworth was the beneficiary as he barged over in the corner four tackles later.The final act was deservedly reserved for Captain Tilley as he crowned another solidly impressive performance with a try to the right of the sticks.After the disappointment of a one point loss last week the Saints bounced back in the best of styles with a thoroughly professional demolition job. On the back of a 90% completion rate in both halves the Saints were never really under any pressure producing the consummate team performance and a real boost before the very difficult trip to Hull next Saturday.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Dan Abram 2, Jack Ashworth, Ben Parry, Lewis Charnock, Danny Yates, Connor Dwyer, James Tilley, Adam Hesketh.Goals: Lewis Charnock 5, Matty Fozard.Wigan U19s:Tries: David Thompson, Kieron Sharratt.Goals: Callum Wright.Half Time: 28-4Full Time: 48-10Teams:Saints:20. Dan Abram; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Matty Fleming, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Matty Fozard, 10. Chris Webster, 11. Luke Thompson, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. James Tilley. Subs: 14. Dom Speakman, 15. Adam Hesketh, 17. Joe Ryan, 21. Tom Calland.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. David Thompson, 3. Dom Manfredi, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Mike Scrivens; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Joe Prior; 8. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Joe Bretherton, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Robert Lever, 13. Kieron Sharratt. Subs: 14. Brad Lawrence, 15. Zac Dewhirst, 16. Ellis Grimes, 17. Luke Waterworth.