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Almost two thirds of patients at Galway Sexual Assault Unit had consumed alcohol

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost two thirds of patients who attended the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Galway last year had consumed more than 4 units of alcohol in the previous 12 hours.
The figures are revealed in Saolta’s Annual Report on the SATU based at Ballybrit.
There were 75 new attendances at the SATU in Galway in 2016, 71 females and 4 males.
The youngest patients were 14 while the eldest person presenting was older than 50.
October was the busiest month with 13 per cent of patients attending, while Sunday was the day most frequently reported as being the day an alleged incident occurred.
Three quarters of the incidents reported in Galway happened between 9pm and 9a.m.
54 of those who attended the Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Galway were referred to gardaí and in the majority of cases, a support worker from the Rape Crisis Centre was in attendance.
Almost two thirds of those who attended the Galway SATU has consumed more than 4 units of alcohol in the previous 12 hours and 8 per cent had consumed illegal drugs.
A third of patients were concerned that drugs had been used to facilitate an alleged sexual assault.
All patients at the SATU were offered screening for Sexually Transmitted Diseases and there was one positive STI screen in 2016.

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Over 80% of people in West claim they increased time spent outdoors since COVID-19 hit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 81% of people in West claim they have increased the time they spend in natural spaces since COVID-19 hit.

The CSO data found that, nationwide, 78% of people say they spend more time outdoors now than in March 2020.

More than half of people surveyed in the West said they discovered a new natural space in that time.

While just 14% said they looked at getting access to a private or shared outdoor space.

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Average house in Galway city takes four weeks to sell

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average house in Galway city takes just four weeks to sell, with prices rising by 3.1 percent between July and September.

In the city, the average house price is now €330,000, while in the county it has risen by 2.4 percent to €210,000.

Nationwide, there is disparity in the rate of inflation, with MyHome.ie registering a fall in asking prices of 1.3% in the third quarter of the year.

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Drink and drug driving offences in Galway increased on last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drink and drug driving offences in Galway have increased by almost 30 percent compared to this time last year.

The CSO has released the Crime Offences figures, which are still under Reservation.

It comes at the start of Irish Road Safety week (Monday 3 October to Sunday 10 October).

So far in 2022, 156 drivers have been discovered over the legal alcohol limit.

While 31 drivers have been caught under the influence of drugs in the county, according to CSO figures of the Galway Garda Division.

It’s a combined total of 187 incidents so far this year in Galway – an increase of 28 percent on the 146 reported incidents last year

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