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Crime in city and Salthill down by 40 per cent

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crime in Galway city and Salthill is down by 40 per cent according to the latest garda statistics.
The garda report shows that burglaries in the district halved in the first two months of this year, compared to the same period last year.
However, there are some areas of crime which have seen an increase.
While burglaries were down by 53 per cent in January and February, theft from vehicles was up by more than a third.
Theft from shops in the city and Salthill was also up by a third while theft from people was up by 70 per cent.
Superintendent Marie Skehill told the JPC that the majority of thefts from a vehicle were due to the doors being left unlocked or valuables being visible on seats.
There was a decrease in public order offences but despite this figure of 82 incidents, there has been an increase in assaults.
Assaults causing harm are up by 30 per cent, while minor assaults have jumped by almost three quarters.
Councillor Mike Cubbard asked for a breakdown of locations for the assaults and the Superintendent said she would try to put that data together for the next garda report.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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103 Galway residents to receive Irish Citizenship this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 103 Galway residents will become Irish citizens today.

Nationwide, 3,500 people from 130 countries will receive their certificates of naturalisation in Killarney over the next two days.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice James Browne says it will give them rights and legal protections.

He says people from other nations who’ll become Irish citizens will contribute to Ireland:

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