Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a 15 percent drop in car sales across Galway.
Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry reveal that 3, 400 thousand vehicles have been sold in the county so far this year.
That’s a drop of 15 percent on the figure of 4000 cars sold by the same time last year.
The latest figures show that the decline continued last month – with a drop of 8% in car sales compared to May 2016.
Nationally, car sales are so far down 10 percent across the board – from almost 100 thousand car sales in 2016 to just under 90 thousand so far this year.
Brian Cooke of the Society of Irish Motor Industry is optimistic that sales will pick up in the second half of the year.
Rape and sexual assault incidents in Galway increased by a third on 2021
Galway Bay fm newsroom -The number of reported incidents of rape and sexual assault in Galway has increased by a third compared to 2021.
The CSO has released the figures, which are still under Reservation.
There have been 81 reported incidents of rape and sexual assault, reported in Galway so far in 2022.
While this time last year, there were 61 such incidents across the county division – an increase of 33 percent.
Nationwide, the number of reported incidents of rape has increased by 24 percent, in the 12 months to end of June.
Meanwhile the figures show there was a decrease in the number of homicide offence of around 35-and-a-half percent.
Attempted murder, assaults and harassment-related offences saw a rise of around a fifth, while fraud offences were up 43 percent.
Meeting hears no decision made to close Clifden District Hospital
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- An online meeting today has heard no decision has been made to close Clifden District Hospital.
Families were contacted by the HSE last Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.
HSE personnel spoke with local representatives in a meeting today which lasted over 2 hours.
Councillor Eileen Mannion attended the meeting, and expressed why local representative are seeking another meeting:
Galway included on list of counties deemed to be ‘lagging’ by the European Commission
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has been included on a list of counties deemed part of a ‘lagging region’ by the European Commission.
Galway, Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Monaghan, and Mayo, have been downgraded – as they were noted to be significantly poorer relative to the European average over recent years.
The commission says the northern and western regions faced a range of challenges – including lower productivity and educational attainment, as well as having a weaker skills base.