Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crime figures for the Tuam area for the first nine months of this year are down dramatically on the same period last year.
Superintendent Pat McHugh has told the Joint Policing Committee of Tuam Town Council, that there was a drop of 18 per cent in crime figures from January to October, compared with the same period in 2012.
Serious assaults were down by 25 per cent to nine this year and while there were 39 Section 2 less serious assaults this also showed a similar drop on last year’s figures.
There were 74 arrests for Public Order Offences, down by nine per cent and 53 cases of criminal damage to vehicles represented a 12 per cent drop. Burglaries were also down as were thefts from cars and while there were four reported instances of counterfeit €50 notes in Tuam in recent weeks three were detected.
Thefts from shops were up by 35 per cent but Superintendent McHugh spoke of setting up a business watch and a text alert system involving the traders and Gardai. He also said that there is to be greater use of the Galway Drugs Unit in Tuam between now and Christmas after seizures of drugs worth over €2.5 million in this Garda District and a number of arrests so far this year.
But the number of people arrested for drunk driving was up by 27 per cent on last year with many of those drivers breathalysed in the mornings.
Mayor Imelda Kelly and town Councillors complimented Superintendent McHugh and the Gardai on a very comprehensive report with many positives for law and order in the area.
Galway vaccination centre temporarily moving to Merlin Park
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Vaccination Centre is temporarily relocating from Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit – to Unit 3, Podiatry, Merlin Park, Galway.
It’ll be moved from this Sunday 10th July until Monday 1st August.
Podiatry services in Merlin Park will not be affected during this period.
The centre will not be taking any walk-in appointments due to limited space.
Galway Port increases capacity with the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Port is increasing its capacity to make way for the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines.
Arderroo Wind Farm in Connemara is expecting 22 more turbines in total, with one shipment having arrived just this morning. (06/07)
It’s the sixteenth wind turbine project the port has worked on, which is increasing its profile as an energy hub.
CEO, Conor O’Dowd, says it’s a very important project for them:
Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.
It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.
Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.
Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.