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Dole queues continue to fall

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The number of people claiming unemployment assistance across Galway is continuing to drop, with almost 13% fewer on the Live Register since this time last year.

However, it is still up 500 people on the previous month, statistics show.

That’s down by around 30% since unemployment figures here hit their peak five years ago.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), there were 17,849 on the Live Register in the city and county in June of this year.

The figure is down 12.7% from the 20,445 who were on the Live Register in June of last year.

However, month-on-month, the figure is up just under 3% from the 17,347 the previous month.

The figures also show Galway is performing better than the State averages – where the year-on-year drop was 10.6% and the month-on-month increase was 3.1%.

In Galway City, the figures show there were 9,220 on the Live Register – that’s down 11.5% from the 10,414 twelve months earlier. However, there was a month-on-month increase of 4.22% (373 people) from the previous.

The biggest year-on-year drop recorded in unemployment in the county was in Loughrea, down 15% (331) to 1,865 (up 1.3% month-on-month), followed by Tuam, down 14.7% (459 people) to 2,662 (up 2.8% month-on-month).

There was a 13.7% drop in the figure for Gort (188 people) to 1,184 (up 3.9% month-on-month), while Clifden was down 13.1% (136 people) to 898 (up less than half of one percent); and Ballinasloe was down 12.5% (290 people) to 2,019 (up 0.8% month-on-month).

For comparison, the number of people on the Register in Limerick City was down 11.3% to 11,019; Dublin was 86,185 (down 11.6%); Cork City was down 9.9% to 14,882 and Waterford City was down 9.5% to 9,935.

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50 domestic abuse 999 calls to Galway Gardaí cancelled

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s Garda Chief has committed to a ‘root and branch investigation’ after an internal review unearthed over 50 domestic abuse calls that were cancelled by local Gardaí.

An internal Garda inquiry has revealed that nationally, members of the force cancelled between 3,000 and 4,000 domestic abuse-related ‘999’ calls between 2019 and 2020.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Monday, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told members that the inquiry found 53 such calls in the Galway Division.

He said he had been tasked by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to sift through the calls and follow up on how they were handled by Gardaí.

“In relation to domestic incidents where calls were cancelled, I have 53 from my division. I am carrying out a root and branch investigation and perhaps at the next JPC meeting, I will be able to give an update of the findings.

“I have only listened to a number of the calls at the moment and I’d rather be in possession of the full facts before commenting any further,” said Chief Supt Curley.
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Councillor claims dealers are using jet skis to bring drugs to Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Drugs are being delivered into the city by jet skis coming down the Corrib, a meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) heard on Monday.

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said there had been reports of dealers using jet skis to come down the river from areas around Headford and Cong, dropping deliveries in the city without fear of detection.

“Do we have a Garda water unit in Galway City to deal with that,” asked Cllr Fahy.

The Chief Superintendent, Tom Curley, said he was not aware of the practice but if anyone had any information on these deliveries, they should bring it to Gardaí.

“We haven’t got a water unit in the city but there is one in Athlone that is available to us any day of the week,” he added.

This came as the JPC was informed that drugs seizures have soared in the city, with year-on-year figures for detection of dealing up 84% in the first five months of 2021.
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Walk-in Covid test facility to open in city centre next week

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Galway City Tribune – A new walk-in Covid testing centre will open in the old tourist office off Forster Street next Tuesday.

The centre will replace the one at NUIG, where students were being encouraged to get tested without an appointment if they showed symptoms or were close contacts of somebody who tested positive.

It will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

The new location will be a more convenient base for people visiting the city to check for the virus over the coming weeks as the tourist season ramps up.

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