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Garda chief reassures policing committee about future of Millstreet station

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Millstreet garda station in the city will not be downgraded as a result of gardaí moving to new accommodation at Murrough in Renmore next week.
That’s according to Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division Tom Curley who was addressing concerns from members of the County Joint Policing Committee this week. (9/7)
He told members that staff will start working in the brand new purpose-built garda facility across from GMIT next Monday.
He was responding to concerns from members of the JPC that there might be no police presence at Millstreet garda station once the new HQ in Renmore opens.
Chief Superintendent Curley says the new building is the envy of other garda divisions across the country.
He said it will be known as the Western Region Garda Headquarters Galway and will eventually be the base for all emergency calls in the west and northwest.
Chief Superintendent Curley says Millstreet garda station will always be considered as the A&E department of the policing business and will remain open.

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Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)

The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.

It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.

Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.

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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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