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Crime down by almost a fifth in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crime is down by almost a fifth in Galway city according to the latest Garda figures.

The statistics, showing a decrease of 18 percent were presented at a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee today.

The Garda figures reveal that there were 4 thousand 699 incidents of crime reported to Gardaí in the city during the first 8 months of the year.

While burglary is down by almost 18 percent, theft from the person, which is most commonly the theft of phones or wallets increased by 26 percent.

Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley says the increase in thefts from the person is mostly done by people coming in from outside the division.

In terms of drunk driving detections, there were 134 in the first 8 months of the year, an increase of almost 25 percent.

The Chief Super pointed out at the meeting, that he takes road safety very seriously and it’s a high priority for him, with 6 drunk driving incidents reported over the weekend.

Mandatory Alcohol Test checkpoints also increased by a fifth around the city.

According to the report assaults causing harm in the city are down by 40 percent and public order offences were down by a fifth.

Chief Superintendent Curley says that while crime has decreased, there are still too many incidents.

While the Chief Superintendent said he had no comment to make on events such as Arthurs Day, he did say that Gardaí are constantly monitoring up to 20 CCTV cameras at Millstreet Garda Station which give a view of what’s happening in the city.

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Landowners impacted by Galway to Athlone greenway corridor concerned at level of consultation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway county council officials have moved to defend the level of consultation with landowners over the planned greenway, as some in the South and East of the county push for group meetings and responses to their objection letters.

It comes as the development of a 140 kilometre cycling path between Galway and Athlone has become a major cause for concern for a number of landowners along the proposed route.

A number have stated they have not received adequate consultation, while many more are refusing to engage with the project team.

Raymond Finnerty and Aoife McCabe are some of those impacted with farmland based in Newtown in Kilcolgan.

They attended two meetings, with one via Zoom and another held in person.

They have submitted two letters with objections and have had no contact back.

They are pushing for a group meeting of four farmers impacted from their local area, instead of individual meetings.

In a statement, Galway Council officials say at this stage of the process, all that has been identified is a ‘preferred corridor’, not a specific route.

They further state that within that corridor there are many possible routes , so as of yet individual landholdings have not been finalised.

Officials have also moved to defend the level of consultation stating Project Liaison Officers have had over 450 face to face or phone calls meetings with landowners since January alone within the preferred corridor.

It concludes that every effort will be made to minimise the number of private land holdings directly affected by the proposed greenway.

To hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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ATU Galway to host public seminar on skills needs of traditional building sector

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- ATU Galway, formerly GMIT, is set to hold a public seminar on the skills needs of the traditional building sector in Ireland.

The seminar will involve a panel discussion between representatives from the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the society for the protection of ancient Buildings, education providers and representatives of the traditional skills sector.

The seminar will be held on Friday 3rd of June with further information found on ATU’s Galway International Hotel School website.

This will be followed by a demonstration of traditional skills at the Irish Workhouse centre in Portumna on Saturday 4th of June.

Event Organiser and heritage lecturer at ATU, Gary Dempsey explained the seminar will help preserve traditional building skills:

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Galway public hospitals significantly affected by national strike by medical scientists

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Galway’s public hospitals are significantly affected by today’s national strike by medical scientists.

Tony Canavan, CEO of the Saolta Hospital group, which includes UHG and Merlin Park, says many elective surgeries and outpatient procedures have been cancelled as a result.

Significant delays at emergency departments are also expected.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Tony Canavan explained patients have been contacted about cancelled procedures.

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