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Galway Gardai launch major crackdown on road offences

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Gardai have launched a major crackdown on motoring offences across Galway.
The County Joint Policing Committee has been informed by Chief Superintendent Tom Curley that speeding is the primary focus of the initiative.
He told those in attendance that Gardai will be making greater use of unmarked patrol cars to catch those breaking speed limits across the county.
He also warned that motorists caught alerting others to speed traps through the flashing of lights will themselves face prosecution.
Despite a drop in drink-driving offences, Gardai say it’s still a major concern – and efforts are being made to re-evaluate strategy and increase visibility.
Chief Superintendent Curley told the JPC that drink-driving is rife at all hours of the day – and a particular problem exists with women having a few glasses of wine at lunchtime.
Mobile phone use is also to be targeted – with Chief Superintendent Curley saying that the issue is ‘chronic’ and getting worse everyday.
He says he hopes to appoint a dedicated traffic inspector in the coming weeks to oversee an effective campaign.
Chief Superintendent Tom Curley says that alerting other motorists to speed traps is a serious offence and those caught will face prosecution.

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Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.

McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.

The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.

Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.

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Green light for 82 new homes in Rahoon

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The green light has been given for 82 new homes in Rahoon.

The project will see 53 houses, 14 apartments, 8 duplex units and 7 community units constructed at a site at Letteragh Road.

There’ll also be a new day centre for Ability West provided as part of the development, as well as a new foothpath along Letteragh Road.

City planners have approved the project led by Burkeway Homes with 25 conditions attached.

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Local Ireland welcomes move to 0% VAT for news publishers

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Local Ireland, the association representing 32 weekly paid-for newspapers around the country, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to remove VAT on newspapers.

President of Local Ireland Declan McGuire said: “This is a very important move for news publishers.

“Zero per cent VAT will allow local newspapers around Ireland to invest in journalism and in the transition to new digital business models.

“News publishers have faced a series of major challenges over recent years, most recently the huge increases in the cost of newsprint. This move will help support jobs in the industry and sustain the quality of our service to readers.

“We very much appreciate this endorsement by Government for the valuable role we play in our communities and the public service content we provide.

“I would like to thank the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and all the Ministers, TDs and Senators from across the political spectrum who have given their support to our campaign to end VAT on journalism.”

Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes said: “Local news publishers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve. Along with our national colleagues represented by NewsBrands Ireland, we play a vital role in Ireland’s democracy.

“Today’s decision will protect the future of trusted, professional journalism in Ireland against the tide of global disinformation that threatens to undermine healthy democratic debate and analysis.”

 

 

 

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