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City conference to focus on homelessness and the housing crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s School of Law will host a half-day conference tomorrow on the theme of ‘Homelessness, the housing crisis and socio-economic rights’.
The conference will take place in the Hardiman Building, NUI Galway, from 2.30pm-5.15pm.
The NUIG conference will bring together academic and civil society voices concerning legal and policy responses to the homelessness and housing crises.
Confirmed speakers include: Niamh Randall, Simon Communities; Padraic Kenna, NUI Galway; Thomas Murray, An Cosán; and Martin O’Connor, COPE Galway.
For more on this story tune in to NewsBreak at 1.30…

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210 drink driving offences recorded across county so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 210 drink driving offences have been recorded across the county so far this year.

A meeting of the county joint policing committee heard a 5 percent rise has been noted in the volume of intoxicated driving cases over the first 10 months of the year.

Speeding offences were also slightly up in the period with 5818 recorded from January to October.

The Garda statistics show many other categories of road traffic incidents decreased in the period.

There were 12 road incidents involving serious injury – a drop of 61 percent when compared to the same period last year.

There were two fatal road incidents in the period, a decline of 60 percent – However the Garda Chief noted an additional road death which took place earlier this week in Abbeyknockmoy.

There was a 9 percent reduction in those driving without insurance with 274 incidents recorded in the period.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told the meeting that despite the closure of pubs due to COVID-19 restrictions, people continue to consume alcohol in the home with some still choosing to drive while under the influence.

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63 COVID-19 cases notified in Galway over last four days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 63 COVID-19 cases have been notified in the Galway area over the last four days.

After a period of relatively low numbers, the city and county has seen an upward trend in cases in recent days.

16 were notified by health officials last evening, 22 on Monday evening, 11 on Sunday and 14 on Saturday.

However Galway’s 14 day incidence rate still remains relatively low at 50 per 100 thousand in population.

Meanwhile, a public health expert says Ireland should re-consider implementing compulsory quarantine for people flying into the country.

DCU Professor of Health Systems, Anthony Staines, says nations that have managed to keep virus levels down have quarantined international travellers.

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Galway Mayor officially turns on Christmas lights at Eyre Square

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard officially switched on the Christmas lights in Eyre Square last night.

The lights were turned on as retailers had reopened their doors for the first day of December trade as Level 5 restrictions were lifted.

Those visiting the city will now see the new lights in Eyre Square from 4pm daily until the New Year.

As part of this year’s arrangement, ‘Lights of Hope’ has been centred on the iconic Galway Hooker monument – to act as a symbol of the hope for a bright future in 2021.

Galway City Council says it has invested over €160,000 in the ‘Christmas in Galway’ experience this year with more lights and Christmas trees to be added across the city in the coming days.

As part of the drive to boost spirits, Galways Hookers will be seen on display in the Claddagh Basin each weekend in the lead up to Christmas.

Christmas shoppers are being reminded to wear a face mask, social distance and continue to comply with the queuing guidelines and directions set out by businesses.

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