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Body discovered at Renmore beach identified as missing city man Robert Murray

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The body discovered on a beach in the city last evening has been identified as that of missing man Robert Murray.

The discovery was made at Ballyloughane beach in Renmore at around 8 last evening

The body was taken to UHG where a post mortem examination is to be carried out.

Searches have been ongoing for the missing Salthill 25 year old who had not been seen since January 10th.

Meanwhile, Gardai in Galway are appealing for help in tracing missing 26 year old Roland Mitchell.

Roland from Fr. Griffin Road was last seen at 7pm on Saturday.

He is described as 5 feet 11 in height, of slight build with light brown hair.

When last seen he was wearing a black denim jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

In another missing person investigation, the family of a Kinvara man missing in Malaysia is liaising with the Department of Foreign Affairs as part of the effort to find him.

31-year-old Stephen Warde was last seen near the Petronas Twin Towns in Kuala Lumpar on January 1st.

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Concern over level of lifeguard cover at popular Connemara beaches

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara County Councillors have been advised there are two constraints to providing more lifeguards at beaches in the area.

Director of Services Michael Owens explained it is sometimes difficult to find qualified lifeguards and there is the added challenge with financial resources.

Councillor Eileen Mannion said that there is only one lifeguard at beaches at the weekends all along the west and north Connemara coastline.

That lifeguard is at the Gurteen and Dog’s Bay beaches in Roundstone and she argued that more are needed.

Councillor Gerry King reminded the meeting that the Roundstone lifeguard service was put in place three weeks earlier than usual this year and the period of duty had been extended from six hours to eight hours per day.

Council executive Michael Owens said they had 50 on the books but availability is a factor and so is money.

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Galway TD calls for restoration of right to retire at 65

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is calling on the government to restore the right to retire at 65.

Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell has called on all TDs to back the party’s motion which will come before the Dáil today.

Deputy Farrell argues people who worked hard all their lives deserve the right to retire on their full pension at 65.

She says it’s a fundamental issue of dignity for workers who deserve the choice to either retire on the full pension rate or to work on in their job.

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12 thousand Galway motorists driving with learner permits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 12 thousand motorists in Galway are driving with learner permits.

Nearly 1,400 people nationwide have been driving with only a learner permit for over 26 years.

According to freedom of information figures, they include people in every county.

According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers only have learner permits.

They include nearly 68,000 people in Dublin, almost 25,000 in Cork, over 12,000 in Galway, and just under that mark in Kildare.

Under current rules, you can’t apply for a third or subsequent learner permit unless you’ve recently done a driving test or have an upcoming test.

But new figures show over 21,000 drivers have had a learner permit for at least 11 years, and 1,365 have had one for over 26 years.

Brian Farrell, from the Road Safety Authority, says the new figures are concerning.

You must always have a fully qualified driver with you if you have a learner permit.

But 2,475 drivers got penalty points last year for breaking that law – up 27 per cent on 2019.

A further 1,581 drivers were penalised in the first five months of this year for the same offence.

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