Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Senator is calling on the Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveny, to bail out fishermen devastated by storms.
Sinn Fein’s Trevor O’ Clochartaigh says many inshore fishermen are in danger of losing their livelihoods due to damage done by the adverse weather conditions.
In recent days, boats and other critical infrastructure such as access roads, piers and slipways have been severely affected.
Senator O’ Clochartaigh says the Marine Minister needs to put an emergency fund in place immediately.
Meanwhile, the Irish Shellfish Association says the small marine farming sector has also been seriously impacted.
The group argues that such stormy conditions highlight the need for crucial funds to upgrade marine farms.
It’s calling on Minister Simon Coveney to allow access to capital grant aid for all producers to ensure they can upgrade their equipment as is the case elsewhere in Europe.
12 thousand Galway motorists driving with learner permits
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 12 thousand motorists in Galway are driving with learner permits.
Nearly 1,400 people nationwide have been driving with only a learner permit for over 26 years.
According to freedom of information figures, they include people in every county.
According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers only have learner permits.
They include nearly 68,000 people in Dublin, almost 25,000 in Cork, over 12,000 in Galway, and just under that mark in Kildare.
Under current rules, you can’t apply for a third or subsequent learner permit unless you’ve recently done a driving test or have an upcoming test.
But new figures show over 21,000 drivers have had a learner permit for at least 11 years, and 1,365 have had one for over 26 years.
Brian Farrell, from the Road Safety Authority, says the new figures are concerning.
You must always have a fully qualified driver with you if you have a learner permit.
But 2,475 drivers got penalty points last year for breaking that law – up 27 per cent on 2019.
A further 1,581 drivers were penalised in the first five months of this year for the same offence.
167 fraud offences recorded in Galway so far this year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 167 fraud offences were recorded in Galway city in the first five months of this year.
Deception and ‘card not present’ offences were the most common with 42 cases of each fraud type recorded.
The second most common fraud offence was ‘account take over’ with 17 recorded by Gardaí.
Phishing offences were next in line with 16 offences noted and shopping or online auction fraud with a further 16.
10 cases of accommodation fraud were brought to the attention of Gardaí, as well as nine cases of forgery.
Latest figures reveal 284 cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the chief medical officer.
Dr Tony Holohan says it’s estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20 per cent of cases reported in the last week.
It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.
53 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.
The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.