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13 killings reported in Western Garda Division

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There were 13 killings in the Western Garda Division in the first three months of this year, almost double the figure for the previous year.
That’s according to the latest crime statistics from the Central Statistics Office.
It shows that there were also 210 sexual offences reported in the West between January and March.
There were more than 16 hundred attempts or threats to murder, assaults, harassments and related offences in the west.
The biggest number of incidents were related to theft and related offences, totalling more than 5 thousand.

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Seanad hears up to 900 on waiting lists across five Galway city schools

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senator Sean Kyne has told the Seanad there are over 850 children on waiting lists across five schools in Galway city.

He cites there are around 100 on lists for Coláiste Mhuire Mhaithair, Educate Together, Coláiste Iognaid and The Bish, while there are 360 on the Coláiste Éidne list alone.

In a response on behalf of Minister Norma Foley, it was stated the Department is aware of the issue and a number of building projects to expand schools are currently underway.

Senator Kyne says those long and medium-term plans are welcome, but action is needed now:

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100 PhD researchers protest at University of Galway over pay and conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 100 PhD researchers and students have taken part at a protest at the University of Galway today over pay.

It coincides with a national protest organised by the Postgraduate Workers Organisation, who marched to the Dáil at the same time.

The group are looking to secure better pay, as on average they say they earn less than €18,500 a year, and do not have adequate workers’ rights.

Our reporter Sarah Slevin attended the protest to hear the group’s concerns:

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Status yellow wind warning for Galway until 5PM

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow wind warning is in place for Galway until 5PM today.

The alert, which came into effect early this morning, is also in place for County Clare.

Met Éireann isadvising there will be very strong and gusty southwest to west winds leading to some coastal flooding.

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