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Galway TD demands Government ramp up recruitment to Rural Social Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Despite the expansion of the Rural Social Scheme in recent months, the Government appears to be making no real effort to fill the spaces.
That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv, who says he’s extremely concerned by the low uptake.
Earlier this year, it was announced that several hundred additional spaces would be offered across the country, bringing the total to 3, 350.
However, Deputy O’ Cuiv says the number of those on the RSS has expanded by just 22 people nationwide since then.
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 4…

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Drug offences account for main increase in crime across county Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drug offences accounted for the largest increase in crime across the county so far this year.

The issue arose at this afternoon’s meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee.

The latest Garda statistics revealed a 46% increase in the sale and supply of drugs with 51 offences recorded from January to October this year.

Simple possession also saw a 9% increase with 140 offences recorded in the period.

Cannabis accounted for the largest seizure year to date valued at over 223 thousand euro.

This is followed by heroin at almost 142 thousand euro.

Cocaine valued at over 83 thousand euro was seized in the 10 month period.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee that the increase in heroin is a concerning one and is due to a number of seizures valued in the 30 to 40 thousand euro category.

He said such a rise usually means an increase in crime and as such is being monitored very closely.

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Galway hospitals record lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway hospitals have recorded the lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks.

According to HSE figures, there are just two patients being treated for the virus at UHG today, while Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is reporting no confirmed cases.

These represent the lowest daily figures for the county since November 10th, when there was also just two confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, five patients are being treated for suspected cases of the virus in Galway hospitals this afternoon – with four at UHG and one at Portiuncula.

Nationwide, 257 Coronavirus patients are being treated in acute hospitals, while a further 104 hospital patients are waiting on Covid-19 test results.

30 of these patients are attending ICU, including 17 who are being treated on ventilators.

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Man dies following Abbeyknockmoy crash

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died following a road traffic collision in Abbeyknockmoy this morning.

The driver and only occupant of the vehicle involved, a man in his late 40s, sustained serious injuries during the collision at around 6.30 near O’ Donohoe’s.

He was taken to University Hospital Galway where he has since passed away.

A post mortem examination will be conducted at a later date.

Forensic Collision Investigators are currently examining the scene and the road remains closed with local diversions in place.

Gardaí are appealing for any road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) who were traveling in the Abbeyknockmoy area at approximately 6:30am to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tuam Garda Station on 093 70840, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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