The increasing trend of community alert text message schemes has been given a cautious welcome by members of the County Joint Policing Committee.
At a recent meeting of the committee, Chairperson, Councillor Peter Roche asked for clarification about the text schemes which are in operation in many rural communities.
The system operates whereby someone sends a text message out if they spot something suspicious and that message is distributed through the network.
Superintendent Marie Skehill of Galway Garda Division says that Gardaí are not involved in these schemes at present.
She told members of the committee that they are waiting for the Garda Commissioner to sign off on a policy in relation to community text schemes.
Councillor Michael Connolly says there has been a big push by local G.A.A clubs and IFA branches to become involved in making people more aware of preventing crime.
Crime Prevention Officer for Galway, Sergeant Pat Flanagan told the meeting that Gardaí are ‘unique’ and are an envied police force because they have the support of the community.
Superintendent Marie Skehill says that while community involvement is growing, Gardaí are still not connected to the text alert schemes
LISTEN: The Ordination takes place of Moycullen Native John Gerard Acton
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The ordination has taken place in Galway cathedral of Moycullen Native John Gerard Acton.
John Gerard was ordained by Bishop Diocese of Galway Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Brendan Kelly this afternoon.
He is the son of Séamus and Maureen Acton and is the youngest of four siblings and had studied business and communications at GMIT and worked in retail and hospitality for several years before beginning his six years of priestly formation at St. Patricks College in Maynooth.
Significantly, John Gerard is also the last current student for the Galway Diocese. At this moment there are no others studying for the priesthood in the Galway Diocese.
Speaking in his homily, Bishop Kelly said that today was a good day for the church and for the diocese.
Following the homily the ceremony of ordination and the laying of hands and this prayer over John Gerard by Bishop Kelly
John Gerard then joined his parents to gave him his vestments, his first as a priest and his first role was to assist with the mass…
The final word went to the Parish Priest of Galway, Fr Peter Rabbitte who welcomed John Gerard to the priesthood.
Fr Acton will celebrate his first mass tomorrow evening in Galway Cathedral.
You can hear more from John Gerard Acton on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on Tuesday.
1098 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,098 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a decrease of 329 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 163 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 26 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
10,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 20 vaccination centres across the country.
Anybody over 16 still waiting on a vaccine can attend a vaccine centre, without an appointment, to receive their first jab until Monday.
€370 thousand for Galway projects to improve employment opportunities for disabled
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – €370 thousand has been awarded for two Galway projects which aim to improve employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
They’re among 45 projects nationwide set to benefit from a €7.5m package that forms part of the Government’s “Pathways to Work” initiative.
Projects funded under the initiative aim to improve employment skills, provide education opportunities, support those with disabilities to start their own businesses and assist with retention in the labour market.
Forum Connemara has received €198 thousand to support its ‘Want to Work Ag Iarraidh Oibre’ project.
It’ll support the capacity of people with disabilities in Connemara to participate and be retained in the labour market, using job coaching principles to support individual progression.
The project will also work with local employers to increase disability awareness and numbers of those with disabilities in their workforce.
Meanwhile, €174 thousand has been allocated to Galway City Partnership for its ‘Inclusive Pathways to Employment’ project.
It’ll provide specially tailored interventions to empower disabled jobseekers to avail of employment opportunities, and support employers to engage with this available talent.