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Galway city councillor highlighted for receiving the most amount of abuse over comments she posted online.

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A Galway city councillor is highlighted in new research for receiving the most amount of abuse in response to comments she posted online.

A new study looking at the level of abuse politicians endure on Twitter finds that politicians were the target of 38,000 threats, with the majority of abusive comments targeted at politicians from Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.

The research by Dr Ian Richardson looked at more than 2.6 million tweets posted between September 2020 and September of last year, which mentioned 851 politicians.

Abusive comments about politicians increased significantly around political controversies, including the row over the Mother and Baby Homes report, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar’s leaking of a confidential GP contract and the debate over pay for student nurses.

The study found that there was no gender divide in the amount of abuse aimed at TDs but there was a significantly higher level of abusive messages focused at female councillors and senators than at their male counterparts.

Galway City Fine Gael Councillor Clodagh Higgins and Dublin Green Party Councillor Hazel Chu were highlighted for receiving the most amount of abuse in response to comments they posted online.

Female councillors get eight times more abuse than their male counterparts and female senators are sent three times as many abusive tweets as men.

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Over 5,600 childen waiting on dental appointment in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 children are waiting for routine dental appointments in Galway.

Sinn Féin TD for Galway West Mairéad Farrell argues the HSE is failing children under the Health Act by not providing children with their statutory entitlement to routine dental screening in primary schools.

Figures obtained by the party reveal almost 100,000 children across the State are facing these delays.

In Galway, 2,874 children in 2nd class are waiting for such appointments, and a further 2,761 in 6th class.

Prior to Covid, reports from The Irish Dental Association stated that an increasing number of children are only being offered examination and dental care for the first time at sixth class – instead of at first, second, fourth and sixth classes.

Deputy Farrell says failure to provide such important healthcare runs the risk of seriously harming children’s health…

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11,139 new cases of COVID-19

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A further 11,139 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

It’s the lowest daily number of cases reported in almost three weeks.

6,329 cases were detected by PCR tests, and 4,810 were positive antigen tests registered on the HSE portal.

There are 1,006 Covid patients in hospital, and 97 are in ICU.

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Junior Minister Anne Rabbite introduces changes at constituency office following confrontation at Portumna base

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Junior Minister and Galway East TD has revealed she was left ‘uncomfortable and exposed’ following a recent incident where she was confronted and detained while alone in her constituency office.

Deputy Anne Rabbitte says she was targeted by an anti-vax campaigner in an ordeal that lasted around 40 minutes.

The Galway East TD has now introduced changes to how she does business since the incident occurred in Portumna, and is no longer alone in the office at any time.

Her revelation comes as senior Cabinet Ministers are now to be given greater security such as bodyguards following a review of their personal safety.

Deputy Rabbitte told Galway Talks earlier, there often seems to be no boundaries in Irish politics and social media can drive a lot of the hatred and abuse.

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