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Galway Gardai go undercover to investigate city brothels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardai are investigating reports of brothels operating in the city.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee by Councillor Padraig Conneely.

He said he has been alerted to two brothels allegedly operating in the city, one he described as ‘being in the shadow of a church’ and the other in a ‘leafy suburb’.

He said he viewed the premises from a distance and saw ‘some activity.’

Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley said there is an ongoing investigation into the reports and that there are issues in every city regarding the illegal sex trade.

He said their investigation involves Gardaí carrying out undercover and surveillance work and that they also depend on information from the public.

Certain times of the year are busier for soliciting he added, including during the Galway Races Festival and the Arts Festival.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Councillor Padraig Conneely says he’s concerned about illegal trafficking.

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NUI Galway study identifies most important vascular risk factors for dementia

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- An NUIG study has found controlling high blood pressure and diabetes, and following a healthier lifestyle from an earlier age could reduce risk of dementia in older age

The university teamed up with Boston University and the University of Texas with a study urging a personalised rather than a one size fits all approach to risk prediction.

The study examined data from 5,000 people to assess potential predictors for loss of cognitive function.

The most important vascular risk factors for dementia were high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus at age 55.

This is followed by cardiovascular disease at the age of 65.

Diabetes mellitus and previous stroke were identified as risk factors at ages 70 and 75.

Diabetes mellitus, previous stroke and not taking blood-pressure lowering medication was identified for those aged 80.

The study was published today in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association of Ireland, 64,000 people are living with dementia in Ireland.

It is estimated that the number of people with the condition will more than double in the next 25 years.

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Preliminary business case for new emergency department at UHG set to be submitted

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- HSE Chief Executive Paul Reid has told the Dáil the assessment review for the long awaited new emergency department and children’s unit at UHG has been received.

The Joint Health Committee heard a preliminary business case is expected to be submitted in the coming days.

Mr. Reid told Galway based Senator Sean Kyne it follows weeks of discussion on the right strategic location for the build.

The meeting also heard the temporary ED, involving a 13 million euro investment, is to be commissioned in the next two months.

When pressed on when the planning application will be finally submitted for the wider ED build, the HSE Chief said the business case must first be pushed through, while pre-planning talks are also underway with the local authority.

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GSOC report records 125 allegations against Gardaí in Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- 125 allegations were made against Gardaí in the Galway Garda Division last year.

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission has published its 2021 Annual Report.

The GSOC report documents a sustained increase in caseload, as well as the commencement of its preparatory work for the oversight body’s expected ‘Transition’ to a reformed and expanded mandate, under the forthcoming Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill.

It finds 125 allegations were made about Gardaí in Galway in the period.

Neighbouring Mayo recorded 72 allegations, while 85 allegations were made against Gardai in the Roscommon/Longford division.

The year saw an increase of 12% in the volume of complaints received from the public nationwide, and an increase of 40% in referrals made to it by An Garda Síochána following incidents involving death or serious harm.

In Galway, two such referrals were made.

In 2021, GSOC made 60 findings of a breach of discipline by members of An Garda Síochána nationwide, resulting in the imposition of sanctions by the Garda Commissioner.

Five criminal cases were decided in court in 2021, involving charges of sexual assault, assault and theft.

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