Folan family appeal for privacy as Galway Gardaí investigate son’s death
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The family of 41 year old Carraroe man Adrian Folan – whose body was found in a quarry in Liscannor, Co Clare yesterday – has appealed for privacy.
A man remains in Garda custody at Mill Street Garda Station this afternoon following the discovery.
Mr. Folan was last seen alive in Athlone on Thursday, where he was studying in the local IT as a mature student.
His body was discovered at a quarry in Kilconnell in Liscannor in Clare yesterday.
A man arrested in relation to his disappearance is still being questioned at Mill Street Garda station.
He can be held until this evening.
Gardai have issued a public appeal for information from anyone who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the Liscannor area since last Thursday.
In a statement issued this afternoon, the victim’s family has appealed for privacy and says it is a difficult time.
Galway had third-highest number of serious road injuries in past decade
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has had the third-highest number of serious injuries from road accidents in the past decade.
Analysis by the Irish Times shows over 500 such incidents occurred in the county since 2013.
Nationally, road fatalities have averaged at 159 a year since 2013, while serious injuries rose by 180 percent in that time.
512 people suffered serious injuries following road accidents on Galway roads since 2013.
While 82 people have lost their lives in collisions in the county in that time.
Dublin has recorded the most serious injuries in the last decade at almost 3,000, while Cork came in a number two with nearly 1,200.
The figures indicate most serious injuries were suffered by men aged between 16 and 25 years.
It also found the most dangerous time to be traveling on Irish roads is in December, in particular between 4-8PM
Local TD urges Taoiseach to intervene in retained firefighter crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Taoiseach to intervene in the retained fire service crisis as industrial action is underway.
SIPTU says local authorities have failed to address the recruitment and retention crisis in the brigade.
From this morning, firefighters won’t be attending training drills or testing their life saving equipment like breathing apparatus.
Retained fire-fighters are paid a base allowance and are on call 24/7 for most of the year, but typically work another full-time job
Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane says the Government was made aware last year that the service was on the brink of collapse.
4 Galway Garda stations recorded 5-year peak in crime last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Four Garda stations in Galway recorded a 5-year peak in crime rates last year.
According to the Irish Independent, Athenry, Gort, Oranmore and Clifden all experienced higher levels of crime compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Meanwhile, Salthill garda station was one of 257 to experience a significant reduction in crime in 2022.
Between 2019 and 2022, Crime was up 12.4 per cent at Anglesea Garda Station in Cork, 4.4 per cent at Henry Street in Limerick and 4.3 per cent at Ballybricken in Waterford.
The most dramatic increase recorded nationally was at Moate Garda Station in Westmeath, which saw crime increase by 125 per cent.
Larger stations such as Dublin Airport saw rates increase by nearly 50 per cent since before the pandemic.
The type of crime which has seen the biggest spike during this four year period was homicide – which has risen by 30 per cent.
Despite these increases, there was a decrease in the level of crime across 257 stations, including Salthill, Kinsale in Cork, Finglas in Dublin and Bray in county Wicklow.]