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GARDAI AWAIT POST MORTEM RESULS ON BODY FOUND OFF INISMORE

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GARDAI are awaiting the results of a post mortem carried out at the weekend on the body of a man washed up on the coast of Inismore last Thursday.

The post mortem was carried out at University Hospital Galway at the weekend and the Gardai in Salthill are now awaiting DNA results to come back from a laboratory in Dublin.

Gardai in Galway, family, friends and Oranmore Civil Defence members have been searching coastal areas for some weeks following the disappearance of Thomas Ward, who is aged 39 and who has family in the Westside of the city.

He was last seen in Galway city centre on February 7th at approximately 1 pm.

But the Gardai say they have no comment to make on rumours that the body washed up on Inismore last Thursday may be that of the missing city man.

The Gardai say it will be some days before the results of DNA tests are completed in Dublin which it is hoped will lead to the identity of the body washed up on the Aran island.

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Galway Garda Chief questioned on use of spit hoods

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Garda Chief Superintendent has been questioned on the use of spit hoods in the county.

Galway West Independent TD Catherine Connolly raised the issue at this week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee.

Tom Curley confirmed spit hoods have been used in Galway.

However the Garda Chief said he could not go into cases as many are pending before the courts.

He also told the meeting that since March, between 60 to 70 files have been sent to the DPP in relation to various breaches of COVID 19 regulations.

He said these covered a range of incidents including house parties and attendance at public houses.

The Garda Chief stressed that policing is carried out in accordance with guidelines with the 4E approach of engage, explain and encourage, in the first instance.

Deputy Connolly queried how spit hoods are being used and also asked for a breakdown of powers in relation to COVID-19 – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Two confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Galway hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are two confirmed cases of coronavirus being treated at Galway hospitals today.

The two patients are receiving care at UHG.

A further two suspected cases of the virus are being treated at the city’s acute hospital, with one suspected case receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There are 31 patients with COVID-19 being treated in intensive care settings nationwide today with none in ICU settings in Galway.

20 of these are being ventilated.

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Concern over disturbance by ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross outside Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Community concerns over the actions of ‘boy racers’ at Kennedy’s Cross in the Ballinakill area outside Loughrea were brought before a meeting of the county joint policing committee this week.

Local councillor Michael Moegie Maher said 10 to 12 families in the area are petrified to come out on the road.

He told the meeting boy racers are ‘playing havoc’ for the last couple of months with families with young children unable to sleep at 3 and 4am as the culprits perform doughnut manoevures and create noise disturbance.

Councillor Maher asked if an unmarked car could carry out patrols in the area in a bid to deter the behaviour.

A Garda representative told the meeting the matter was ‘well in hand’ with Gardai conducting patrols and continuing to monitor the situation.

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