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.
Gardai appeal for information following damage to boat at Oughterard Pier
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai in Oughterard are appealing for information after a boat was damaged in Oughterard last month.
Significant damage was caused to the rear of the boat while it was moored at Oughterard Pier and Gardaí believe the damage was caused by another vessel, or pleasure craft.
The incident is believed to have happened on a date between the 12th and 17th of May.
Gardaí are interested in speaking with anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the pier on these dates and who may be able to assist them with their enquiries.
In particular they are anxious to talk to anyone who may have witnessed a collision with this boat or who may have video footage, including dash cam footage, of this location covering the dates in question.
Anyone with information is asked to make contact with Garda Peter Naughton at Oughterard Garda Station on (091) 557320 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
LISTEN: Seamus Walsh is elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Walsh is new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District
He was elected at last evening’s meeting, where warm tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Fianna Fáil councillor Gerry King
He was praised for how he carried out his duties in the difficult and unprecedented year of the pandemic.
Councillor Walsh started by saying the most immediate danger to their location was the county development plan
319 new cases of COVID-19 in the Republic
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 319 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic.
60 patients are in hospital with the virus – the lowest in almost nine months.
That includes 23 in intensive care – which is the lowest this year.
There are no COVID patients in UHG and 3 in Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, one of whom is in ICU.
The 14-day incidence rate is 113 per 100,000 people, as of Wednesday night.
There were 126 cases of the Indian or Delta variant by May 29th.
Meanwhile, as coronavirus infections rise in Britain, the British Medical Association is calling for the final easing of restrictions in England to be delayed.
The UK government’s due to announce on Monday whether the last stage of its roadmap will go ahead on June the 21st.
The BMA says it shouldn’t happen until there’s a better understanding, of how the recent increase in cases affects the number of people in hospital.