Top pool player staged sham robbery of Limerick bookies

first_imgNewsTop pool player staged sham robbery of Limerick bookiesBy Staff Reporter – December 23, 2016 3204 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Neil Madigan from Limerick, who in 2014 was ranked the No 1 Irish Pool Player, staged a robbery at the betting shop he managed. Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22A TOP ranked pool player has been “left in the gutter” over his involvement in robbing the betting shop he managed, Limerick Circuit Court was told last week.Neil Madigan (32) of Prospect, Limerick was said to have run up large gambling debts and was trying to “bet his way out of trouble” when he staged a robbery of the Ladbrokes betting shop on Cecil Street shortly before 9:30pm on March 17, 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An international pool player, he was also involved in bringing high profile snooker players like Denis Taylor and Steve Davis to Limerick for exhibition matches. He even had an exhibition match arranged for the day after the alleged robbery.Detective Garda Michael Lambe said that Neil Madigan was counting cash when Hayden Johnson (22) from Ballinacurra Weston approached the counter.Madigan later told Gardaí that he let Johnson in behind the counter because he was afraid he was going to be stabbed.Johnson made off with €6,000 in cash but missed another bag of money in the safe.The store manager gave a detailed statement to Gardaí in which he recounted details of the alleged robbery. Extensive CCTV footage was from around the city centre was examined and eventually Johnson was identified through an unusual jacket he was wearing.Johnson, who was a former apprentice jockey, was arrested and after initially denying any involvement, he later admitted to robbing the betting shop and claimed there was only €2,000 in the cash bag which was not recovered.The head of security at Ladbrokes became suspicious of Neil Madigan’s actions on the night of the alleged robbery as he had failed to adhere to certain security protocols. He had also failed to make bank lodgements for two days before incident.Prosecution Counsel John O’Sullivan BL said it soon became apparent “that it was effectively an inside job”.He was betting on credit at the shop he managed as well as betting in other shops around the city.Three months later, he admitted his involvement and told Gardaí that he met an unnamed man who said he could help him by “sending a young fella down if there was money ready”.Madigan, who worked with Ladbrokes for 11 years, didn’t think the man was serious but went along with it after he was told the debt would be wiped out.Defence counsel Brian McInerney said his client was now “in the gutter and has limited prospects such is the attraction this story will get”.Hayden Johnson had since secured a job and offered to pay €100 every two weeks to repay the €2,000 he claimed was in the bag.Adjourning the case for 12 months, Judge Tom O’Donnell said he would take into account if any compensation was paid.Madigan and Johnson were released on continuing bail. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSDennis TaylorfeaturedLadbrokeslimerickLimerick Limerick Circuit CourtPoolrobberySteve Davis WhatsApp Print Facebook Limerick’s Neil Madigan who in 2014 was ranked the No 1 Irish Pool Player.Picture: Don Moloney / Press 22 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick victim of savage assault says there’s no justiceNext articleWin cinema tickets Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Fed survey reveals tightening lending standards, weak demand

first_imgThe Federal Reserve’s second-quarter senior loan officer opinion survey (SLOOS) revealed banks tightened standards and saw weaker demand for loans to consumers as the coronavirus pandemic continued.“Banks tightened lending standards broadly in the second quarter,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long. “The Federal Reserve is estimating that consumer loans outstanding at commercial banks shrunk by an annualized 17 percent in the second quarter.“Given how much banks are curtailing credit provision, the NCUA should provide credit unions with more capital relief, which will allow them to step into the gap created by bank retrenchment,” Long added.During the second quarter, major net shares of banks reported tightened standards and a drop in demand for commercial and industrial loans from firms of all sizes, and across all three major commercial real estate loan categories. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

President Trump Drops Effort to Include Citizenship Question on Census

first_imgPresident Trump announced late Thursday afternoon that he is abandoning his effort to include a citizenship question on next year’s census.Speaking from the Rose Garden, he said, “We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the U.S. population.”Rather, he is ordering all federal agencies and departments to provide the Commerce Department with any records it requests regarding the number of citizens and non-citizens in the country.The President says he will sign an executive order to make the new plan effective “immediately.”His effort was thwarted by a Supreme Court ruling that banned the question.President Trump to Make Announcement About Census Citizenship Questionlast_img

Neymar suffers recurrence of fifth metatarsal injury

first_imgParis: Brazilian football superstar Neymar has suffered a recurrence of an injury to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot, the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain announced on Thursday.Neymar was forced off around the hour mark in PSG’s 2-0 home win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, securing a last 16 spot in the French Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.“Initial examinations have revealed a painful recurrence of his injury to the fifth metatarsal of his right foot,” PSG said in a statement.The club added that “the treatment of this injury will depend on how it evolves over the next few days. All options can be envisaged at this time.”Neymar had been sidelined for three months last season due to a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot.His latest recurrence of injury cast a shadow on PSG’s UEFA Champions League journey, where they will visit Premier League side Manchester United in the first leg of last 16 on February 12. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Kike’ Hernandez drives in five as Dodgers pound Rockies, 11-6

first_imgTHE GAME: Kike’ Hernandez drove in five runs and the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Wednesday night at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: RHP Ross Stripling made what is likely to be his last start of the spring (he will roll back into more of a reliever’s schedule). He gave up back-to-back doubles to Raimel Tapia and Gerardo Parra to start the game then allowed just two more hits and struck out four in his three innings. … LHP Scott Alexander struggled through a one-run inning that included two singles, two walks and two wild pitches. … RHP Pedro Baez also had a rough inning, allowing a run on three hits.HITTING REPORT: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called Hernandez “a lefty killer” earlier this week (the stats back him up) but said he thinks Hernandez has made changes in his swing and approach that will lead to more success (and playing time) against right-handed pitchers this season. Hernandez backed him up by hitting a three-run home run and a two-run double, both off Rockies right-hander Jon Gray. … Yasiel Puig had an RBI double and Jake Peter a two-run single during the Dodgers’ four-run seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie. … Kyle Farmer hit a two-run home run. He is 10 for 20 this spring with six extra-base hits (three doubles, three home runs)DEFENSE REPORT: Austin Barnes started at catcher and was charged with two errors on wild throws to second base on steal attempts. … Third baseman Justin Turner was also charged with his first error of the spring. Healthy Adam Liberatore could make impact for Dodgers’ bullpen Hoornstra: Pace of play rule could put pitching prospects at greater risk for injury UP NEXT: LHP Rich Hill is scheduled to start against the Kansas City Royals (Jason Hammel) on Thursday at Camelback Ranch, 1 p.m. (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). RHP Kenta Maeda is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game as well.Related Articlescenter_img Dodgers’ Brandon Gomes will maintain familiar approach to player development Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more