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Future of derelict Portumna hotel to be determined following arbitration case

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The future of the derelict Shannon Oaks Hotel in Portumna is to be determined following an arbitration case to be heard in September.

The three star south Galway hotel was badly damaged by a fire in September 2011.

At the time, a team of up to 60 full and part-time staff were let go until operations could resume.

Galway East Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins held a meeting with the recievers Grant Thornton today (Apr 26) and sought clarity on future plans for the facility.

She has been informed that an arbitration hearing will take place in September between the bank reciever and the insurance company.

Senator Higgins told FYI Galway that the receiver is also open to ideas from the local Chamber of Commerce on how the facility can be progressed in the future.

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164 fraud offences recorded in county so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 164 fraud offences were recorded across county Galway so far this year.

The highest number of such offences involve deception at 41 incidents and forgery at 34 incidents.

28 cases of shopping or online auction fraud were recorded in the period from January to October as well as 18 cases of phishing or smishing fraud.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told a meeting of the joint policing committee that it’s an area of crime continually on the increase while other categories of crime fall.

He added the nature of the crime is difficult to investigate and solve.

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NUIG study confirms spiders can transmit harmful antibiotic bacteria through bites

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An NUI Galway study has confirmed that spiders can transmit harmful antibiotic bacteria through bites.

A team of zoologists and microbiologists from the university have published their findings in the international journal Scientific Reports.

The research confirms a theory which has been debated among spider and healthcare specialists for many years, and explains a range of symptoms experienced by victims bitten by the invasive noble false widow spider in Ireland over the past decade.

The study shows that not only do spiders carry harmful bacteria, but those germs can be transmitted when a spider uses its fangs to bite.

Meanwhile, the presence of this antimicrobial resistance bacteria can make treating spider bites more difficult.

Co-lead author of the study and PhD student at NUIG’s School of Natural Sciences Neyaz Kahn says the findings are particularly significant for healthcare professionals – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Concern over 37 per cent rise in domestic disputes in county Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the rise in domestic dispute incidents across the county.

Latest Garda statistics show a 37 percent rise in the number of domestic disputes with 436 recorded in the first 10 months of the year.

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly described the figure as ‘horrific’ at this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee.

She said very often this can concern serious violence and assault and is frightening in a county where there are not enough refuges and safe places for those involved.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley explained to the meeting that in cases of domestic disputes with no offence disclosed, Gardai check for any orders in place.

They then organise a call-back or series of call-backs and such cases are monitored closely.

He added that if there is a second or third call, the Superintendent has to view the investigation and will issue clear directions.

Deputy Connolly said such cases are a huge concern given the confines placed on many households due to the pandemic – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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