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County Joint Policing Committee Hears Calls for Pub Owners to Report Suspected Drug Activity

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom:

More onus shoud be placed on pubs and clubs to inform Gardaí of any suspected drug activity in towns and villages across the county.

Tuam area councilor Pete Roche has told a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee today that he has grave concerns about the prevalence of drugs in rural Galway with kids as young as 14 having access.

The comments come as the latest Garda report revealed a 21% drop in the sale or supply of drugs in the county so far this year, and a 46% fall in simple possession offences.

Cannabis represented the highest seizure in the eight month period at over €254,000, followed by cocaine with seizures totaling over €194,000.

Athenry/Oranmore area councillor and Chair of the County JPC councillor Jim Cuddy told today’s meeting he believed education in schools is key and that parents also have a vital role to play.

Sergeant Mick Walsh, Galway Garda Crime Prevention Officer, told the JPC the subject is being incorporated into the ‘Campus Watch’ programme as students begin third level and are exposed to drugs in the college environment.

Councillor Pete Roche says drugs are becoming a plague in many rural communities and can often lead to anti-social behaviour which dramatically changes the life prospects of young people.

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NUI Galway students urged to take part in UniCoV rapid testing project

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Students at NUI Galway are being urged to take part in a rapid testing project to combat Covid-19.

The project is called Unicov.org and allows for large-scale comparative analysis of Covid-19 testing technologies to inform the development of early warning systems for future disease outbreak prevention and control.

NUI Galway is leading the programme, which is seeking hundreds of student volunteers for rapid antigen testing and saliva-based PCR and LAMP testing, as well as conducting wastewater surveillance.

As well as NUI Galway being the lead site for the project, it is also running in Trinity College, UCD and UCC.

More than 2,100 tests have been completed so far at NUI Galway, with the project coordinators targeting a significant rise in testing the coming weeks.

More than 400 employees and students have volunteered at NUI Galway alone, with the target of 2,000 participants at each of the four sites.

For further detail about the project and to register, go to www.unicov.org.

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HSE Notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The HSE has today been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

This is an increase of 172 on yesterday’s figure.

The five-day moving average of cases stands at 1,305.

282 COVID-19 patients are in hospital this morning with the virus – a decrease of 15 in the last 24 hours.

65 Covid patients are in ICU.

The decrease in figures is also shown in figures for Galway University Hospital.

As of 8pm yesterday evening, there are 11 receiving treatment with 4 in ICU, the same as 24 hours previously.

In Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 2 receiving treatment, an increase of 1 on the day previously.

There is also 1 in ICU, also an increase of 1 on 8pm on Thursday.

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The Minister for Health has announced the removal of all States from the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine list.

Six South American countries were the last nations left on the list.

Over 10,000 people entered Mandatory Hotel Quarantine – which was introduced in March.

Travellers into Ireland must still abide by the relevant travel regulations including the need for a PCR test if they’re not vaccinated.

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Ballinasloe Fair Co-ordinating group officially cancel this year’s events.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Ballinasloe Fair co-ordinating group have made the decision in the interest of public health and safety to officially cancel this year’s events.

The overall co-ordinating group plan to meet at the end of the year to make plans for 2022 and to celebrate this year’s anniversary.

In a statement released this afternoon, The coordinating committee said they would like to thank the local community, sponsors and all the associations involved for their ongoing commitment and support.

They added that they looked forward to welcoming all participants and visitors to Ballinasloe Fair and festival in 2022 for the 300th anniversary.

The statement concludes by saying that no parking is permitted in the Fair Green area or its environs.

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