Galway Bay fm newsroom – The family of a young Loughrea student, whose body was found in Leicester Square in London last night have thanked the community in Galway and London for all the support.
18 year old Patrick Halpin, the son of Paddy and Elsie Halpin from Kilnadeema disappeared while out with friends from Dublin City University Drama club in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Metropolitan Police found the body of the DCU Actuary student off Leicester Square at around ten to eight last night.
The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Patrick’s father Paddy and sister Regina are in London having travelled there yesterday to help with the search.
Speaking on Galway Talks this morning, Regina Ní hAilpín thanked everyone for helping with the search and supporting the family.
Killimor-native, Ambrose Gordon owns the Man of Aran pub in Harrow, London.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Ambrose says the Galway community in London will support the Halpin family.
Patrick Halpin’s former Principal at St Brigid’s Vocational School in Loughrea, Seán Connolly says the school is shocked and numbed.
Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.