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Garda Commissioner hears calls for increased resources in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

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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Key points regarding the lifting of restrictions from 6 tomorrow morning, as confirmed by the Taoiseach in the live address to the nation brought to you here on Galway Bay fm

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From 6am tomorrow

  • closing time for hospitality and events will return to where it was before the pandemic.
  • Covid passes will no longer be needed for hospitality and indoor activities.
  • there will be no restrictions on capacity for indoor and outdoor events.
  • guidance in relation to household visits will no longer apply.

Also, The Taoiseach says a phased return to the physical workplace for all staff can now commence.

There are no changes to international travel rules – with Covid passes still required.

Face-masks will still be needed where they are currently required. The current protective measures for schools will also continue.

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Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley granted half the legal costs in failed challenge against restrictions on attending mass

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- The High Court has ruled that Galway businessman Declan Ganley is entitled to half of the legal costs he incurred for his challenge against the ban on attending religious services which operated at stages during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan made the ruling today after holding that the Abbeyknockmoy businessman had raised points of general, public importance in his action.

These included the balance between the right to public worship and public health.

The Judge added that Mr Ganley is entitled to have half his legal costs, estimated to be a six-figure sum, paid by the Minister for Health.

The Minister’s lawyers had argued that the court should make no orders as to costs, meaning that each side would pay their own legal bills.

In December, the judge dismissed Mr Ganley’s action, where the Minister was the respondent and where Ireland and the Attorney General were notice parties, after holding that it had become moot or pointless.

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Bus Éireann 409 Parkmore route carried almost 1m passengers in 2021

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Bus Éireann’s 409 Parkmore route was by far the most popular bus service in the city last year, carrying over 900 thousand passengers.

Route 409 connects Eyre Square with the Parkmore Industrial Estate through the city centre, travelling along College Road, Dublin Road, and Doughiska Road.

Overall, Bus Éireann’s city fleet carried 3.2m passengers throughout 2021, with a recent KPMG report calculating the value to Galway City at €17m.

Galway became the first city in Ireland last year to introduce a fully hybrid electric-diesel bus service.

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