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Gardai advise caution on Galway roads during tourist season

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are advising motorists to take extreme care on Galway roads over the next six weeks.

They expect a significant increase in traffic with many people on holidays while others are attending festivals and sporting events.

In the first 6 months of this year, nine people died on Galway roads while eight people suffered serious injuries in collisions.

Meanwhile, 224 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated in the 7 Garda districts of Galway, Salthill, Clifden, Tuam, Ballinasloe, Loughrea and Gort.

67 people were arrested for dangerous driving.

However, speeding remains the biggest problem on our roads with 6 thousand people in Galway caught exceeding the limit – an average of 1 thousand motorists a month.

Regional traffic Superintendent Martin Cashen says ‘speed limits are not a target’.

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Galway records 4% drop in PUP claims over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a continued fall in the number of pandemic unemployment payments being issued, with Galway recording an almost 4% drop in the last week.

Just over 4,700 people in Galway city and county will receive the State support this week.

Nationally, over 93 thousand people will receive the PUP this week, a fall of over 3,700 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector, as it has been for the past 19 weeks.

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Gardaí investigating reports of organised begging in Galway city centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating the possibility that organised begging is taking place in Galway city centre.

This week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee has heard there’s been a considerable rise in begging offences so far this year.

A Garda report presented this week revealed there’s been 43 begging offences recorded since January – an increase of 34 percent compared to this time last year.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley reminded those in attendance that begging in itself is no longer an offence and there needs to be an aggressive element for it to become one.

He gave examples of people approaching ATM’s, or blocking people in doorways, looking for money.

Councillor Terry O’ Flaherty expressed concern at the increase in figures and requested further information on those linked to the begging offences.

Superintendent Curley said he cannot discuss who these people are or identify them, but noted they’re from “all backgrounds” and some have hit on genuinely hard times.

However, he admitted there is a “certain element” that Gardai have limited proof they’re being organised by individuals – and Gardai are looking into the matter.

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Emergency services assist in search operation at Spanish Arch

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services were drafted into the Spanish Arch area last evening after receiving reports that a person had entered the water.

Galway fire services and the Gardaí assisted in a search operation of Lough Corrib near the Spanish Arch area at approximately 6.20pm.

Gardaí say the search proved negative.

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