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Trauma Tuesday: Trauma-less Edition

first_imgBest of Web 5 – HD – Zapatou from Luc Bergeron on Vimeo.As much as I love watching random strangers eat it on the internet, sometimes we need to take a step back and ask ourselves, “what about all the times someone didn’t fail?” It’s a fair question. I usually don’t get a rise out of those “People Are Awesome” supercuts, but this one grabbed my attention and never let go. Not sure if it’s the song, the jump cuts, the people (who are awesome), or what, but I couldn’t stop watching. Well, that’s not exactly true, since I did stop watching to pause, rewind, backtrack, and let my brain catch up to what was actually happening on the screen. Some of my faves:Waterskiing Toddler at 0:21Rollerblade guy at 1:05Whirly-bird to frontflip at 1:30The comically sexual bikini shot to fire hose sequence at 2:17See a clip you want to see in its entirety? Click through to the Vimeo page and you can access a list of all 187 videos used.Don’t worry. Next week we’ll get back to people breaking their faces and tailbones in the never-ending pursuit of stoke. See you then!last_img read more

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Civil servant got €22,000 for passing on information to private investigators

first_imgA civil servant was paid more than €20,000 for passing on confidentialinformation on hundreds of people to private investigators.Rory Lenihan, a former clerical officer at the Department of SocialWelfare in Letterkenny, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. Lenihan, a father of five, pleaded guilty to 12 sample charges ofstealing information from social welfare recipients and selling themto two private investigators.The court was told that this information including the location ofthose involved as well as their loans, etc were then passed on tovarious banks and solicitor’s offices.Senior counsel Alex Owens, representing the Director of PublicProsecutions, said that in total Lenihan was accused of 41 chargesamounting to a total theft of €21,898.Mr Lenihan, who reached his 50th birthday today sat in courtsurrounded by members of his family including his sister who gave acharacter witness for her brother.The court heard how in September 2010, Lenihan’s supervisor PaulBradley became suspicious of his behaviour when he stayed at his deskand used the phone during his lunch-break.The computer system, known as Infosys, required a username and aspecial password for employees to log into.Mr Bradley informed his supervisor Des Kernan and an internalinvestigation was launched which included the checking of files whichLenihan was checking on as well as cross-referencing phone numberswhich he was calling.Mr Bradley and Kernan approached Lenihan and he admitted that he waspassing on information and receiving some payments in return.The extraction of material had lasted from January 2008 until October, 2010.In total Lenihan, whose address was given as Ballaghderg, Letterkenny,was paid €23 for information on each person, money which would be paidby credit in lump sums to his Ulster Bank account in Donegal Town.He was paid the money by two private investigators, a John Buckley,based on the Navan Road and a Brian Foy, which a business address inLeixlip.Detective Garda Peter Cullen said the investigation was a complex onewhich he had been working on for between three and four years.He said he was aware that from examining Lenihan’s bank records formthe time that he faced various financial difficulties.The accused man’s sister Maria gave evidence in the case regarding herbrother’s upbringing.He said the family had owned a shop in Dublin and that they were avery law-abiding family who had never been in trouble.She told how her family were standing beside their brother as he was agood man, who excelled at sport, was a good father and a good personwho had made a mistake.The court was told that Mr Lenihan had no previous convictions.Defence barrister Peter Nolan said this was a criminal act carried outby someone who wasn’t a criminal.He added that his client was the only one before the court despite thefact that two others were directly involved and the information hadbeen passed on to various financial institutions.“It seems to me that Mr Lenihan is the one carrying the can for theactions of two other people who were at least aiders and abetters. Hewould not have given the information if he was not called andfinancial inducement offered.“These two other gentlemen, for some reason best known to the DPP,were not. I hope they’re not rinigng some other poor unfortunate civilservant looking for information.“His friends, family and parents are devastated. He’s the man whostole and got sacked from his department and cannot be trusted. He isa pariah to a large extent.“Sometimes the doing of the crime far outweighs any punishment thatcan be given and he will be punished until the day he dies. I ask youto consider that and the impact the publicity will also have.“I will ask you to view him not as a criminal but as a man who hascommitted a stupid criminal act for what – for €21, 000? These werethe actions of a desperate man in financial straits. I don’t see whatit would be achieved in sending him to jail,” said Mr Nolan.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday for sentencing.Civil servant got €22,000 for passing on information to private investigators was last modified: January 25th, 2018 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:Civil servantcourtGardaiinformaitonletterkennyRory Lenihanlast_img read more

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