Galway Bay fm newsroom – The length of time is takes to input data of fixed charge penalty notices to motorists in Galway is being criticised.
At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee this week, it was revealed that there was a decrease of almost a half on the number of speeding notices issued by gardaí since the start of the year.
Superintendent Marie Skehill said that the figure might be higher, as gardaí have 110 days to input the data after detecting a speeding offence.
The latest garda report shows that there were no fatal collisions in the city or Salthill in January or February.
However, the number of crashes with serious injury doubled since the same time last year.
In relation to speeding offences, there were 260 fixed charge penalty notices issued, compared to 469 the previous year.
Superintendent Skehill says the number of speeding offences detected may be higher than what the current garda statistics show.
This is due to the fact that gardaí have 110 days to input the offence into the computer system.
Councillor Frank Fahy questioned the gardaí as to why it takes so long.
Superintendent Skehill said it’s just policy to which Councillor Fahy replied that he thinks it’s ‘a strange policy’.
Fixed charge penalty notices were also down by more than 40 per cent for parking offences.
The number of drink driving offences detected in January and February remained unchanged on last year’s figure of 23.
6 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, and 183 new cases, 7 in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has now been a total of 2,080 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 2nd December, the HPSC has been notified of 183 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However the department is saying this may be an underestimation.
There is now a total of 73,228* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 82 are men / 101 are women
- 60% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 36 years old
- 56 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 13 in Limerick, 11 in Kilkenny, 11 in Monaghan and the remaining 66 cases are spread across 15 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 239 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. 10 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 21 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,228 confirmed cases reflects this.
Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 02 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 02Dec2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (19NOV to 02Dec2020)||New Cases during last 14 days (19NOV to 02Dec2020)|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 36.9.
Galway Community College to launch project on locally endangered species
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Community College in the city will tomorrow host an official online launch of their three-year Erasmus+ project on locally endangered species and biodiversity loss.
The project is a research collaboration between three schools, GCC and a school in Croatia and Spain, working with national wildlife non-Governmental organisations.
Others involved in the launch include the Irish Wildlife Trust, and MEP Maria Walsh and EU Commissioner Mairead Mc Guinness.
Galway Community College in Moneengeisha introduced Erasmus+ in 2016.
Students involved in the project are due to visit each other’s countries to share their findings annually, but this element has been delayed due to Covid-19.
President of NUI Galway calls for more resources for students in need
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of NUI Galway has called for more resources for students in need
Representatives are before TDs and Senators at the Oireachtas Higher Education Committee today on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The seven major universities made a deficit of 102 million euro between the beginning of the last academic year to this year.
President of NUIG Galway Ciaran O’hOgartaigh says there needs to be equal opportunities for people as the economy fights back.