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Concern over rise in crime committed by offenders on bail

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A Galway TD has expressed concern at a sharp rise in the number of crimes being committed by offenders out on bail.

Independent Deputy Noel Grealish was speaking in the Dáil, where he pointed to an eleven per cent increase in the incidence of crimes where the suspected culprit had been on bail last year.

And latest figures he received from the Central Statistics Office for the first quarter of this year show the trend continuing, with more than 6,000 crimes committed by criminals out on bail.

“Over the past ten years, just over a quarter of a million crimes have been committed in this country by people while they were out on bail. A total of 250,149 to be exact,” Deputy Grealish told the Dáil when he raised the issue during Leaders’ Questions.

“These, Taoiseach, included murderers, rapists, robbers and burglars who have wreaked havoc and brought terror to our society.

“From 2006 to 2015, people on bail were responsible for 89 murders, 237 serious sexual offences, more than 50,000 thefts and the same number of public order offences, and more than 18,000 burglaries.”

The Galway West TD warned that the situation was getting worse, with figures from the Central Statistics Office showing that last year, almost 26,000 such offences were committed, a disturbing increase of eleven per cent on the previous year.

“That is the equivalent of 500 crimes a week being carried out in Ireland by people who have already been charged with a criminal offence for which they are awaiting their day in court.

“These are people apprehended by the Gardaí, brought in, charged, and then released while a file is sent to the DPP. That file could be with the DPP for months, and in the meantime, these people are reoffending

“This is very, very frustrating for the Garda Síochána and it is exceptionally upsetting for victims of the crime, who can see the criminal walking down their street, making them feel intimidated and in fear.”

Deputy Grealish asked was it not time that the bail laws were radically reformed and these people put behind bars immediately, “or is this being deliberately done because we don’t have the room within our prisons to put these vicious criminals away? I’m not talking about people carrying out petty crimes here, but murderers, rapists, vicious attackers and the like.”

Figures for the first quarter of 2016 show “an equally depressing picture”, with a total of 6,049 crimes committed where the suspected offender was on bail for other offences.

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Drugs raid on house in Ballybane

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The seizure from the house in Ballybane

Gardaí in Galway have arrested a man and seized more than €31,000 in cash, and suspected cocaine from a house in Ballybane.
At 10pm yesterday, the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house under warrant, where they seized €12,250 worth of cocaine (pending analysis).
Approximately €19,000 worth of cash in euro and Sterling currency and two designer watches worth €7,000 were also seized by Gardaí.
One man, aged in his early 30s, was arrested at the scene. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in this matter.

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Galway ICU has 100% Covid-19 survival rate

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – All Covid-19 patients who were critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Galway have survived the virus, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

While there have been some Covid-19 deaths in the city hospital since the pandemic reached Ireland, the survival rate of those treated in the critical care unit or ICU at UHG has been 100%.

The hospital has not yet provided an exact figure for ICU recoveries, but ‘rolling figures’ from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre – which do not account for overlaps of new ICU patients and those who are moved out following recovery – show that on one occasion at the peak of the crisis here, there were up to 20 people being treated for Covid-19 in the unit. This week, there was one Covid patient in ICU.

The ICU has not been as busy as Dublin’s acute hospitals, as Covid-19 has been more prevalent on the east coast. But the success in treating patients in Galway’s ICU has also been attributed to splitting it into two separate ICUs, one for Covid and one for non-Covid patients, which was facilitated by the deal negotiated with private hospitals.

Dr Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director of Saolta Hospitals Group, which runs UHG, said: “Thankfully we haven’t had any ICU deaths related to Covid, to date. There have been deaths related to Covid but not in ICU. That is good by national standards.”
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Galway Market to reopen – and go back to its roots

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All quiet: the last Galway Market held two months ago.

From this wek’s Galway City Tribune – Up to 30 food growers and producers will return this Saturday to sell their wares at a smaller version of the Galway Market, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

A reduced number of stalls will be laid out to allow the two-metre distance between traders and each stall holder will be expected to maintain a ‘socially distant’ queue among their customers. Council officials will be on site to ensure things runs smoothly.

There will be no hot food vendors or craftspeople operating in this phase of the market’s return outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Carmel Kilcoyne, Senior Engineer in the Council’s Environment Department, explained that stalls along Churchyard Street will not be erected at this time due to its size.

“It is a different layout and we are adhering to a strict interpretation of what a farmers’ market is – food producers, deli items such as chutneys, cheese, eggs and fish mongers. We will have one coffee van,” she said.
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