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Garda Commissioner hears calls for increased resources in Galway

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The Garda Commissioner has heard calls for increased resources to be allocated towards community policing in the Galway Garda division.

The calls were made as Drew Harris made a presentation to the city joint policing committee today (25/3) on the vision for policing in Ireland.

Commissioner Harris said more resources will become available to the force through initiatives such as workforce modernisation.

This involves members being displaced from office duties to more frontline roles and certain roles being transitioned to civilians.

Commissioner Harris, who is six months in the role, told the meeting Galway is a very important division to the organisation and has played a key role as a pilot area for the model of divisional policing .

The Garda Commissioner also told the meeting that zero work has been put into implementing policing for a hard border in the event of such a scenario due to Brexit.

Drew Harris said this was in line with government policy regarding a hard border scenario.

The Commissioner said preparations for Brexit are currently focused on areas such as smuggling and organised crime.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.

It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.

The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.

Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.

She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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