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Gardaí put brakes on speeding motorists

Dara Bradley

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A Garda crackdown on speeding along the Kingston Road resulted in 100 fines being issued to motorists.

Meanwhile, a massive percentage increase in the number of fines issued to cyclists who break the law – up by 186% – has been welcomed by some city councillors.

The total number of Fixed Charge Penalty Notices (FCPN) issued to motorists speeding in the city, from January to the end of November 2019, was 2,481.

This was an increase of 10% on the same period the previous year, or an additional 230 speeding fines.

The figures were contained in the local Garda crime report, presented to a Galway City Joint Policing Committee meeting by Chief Superintendent Tom Curley.

In a separate response to a written question submitted by JPC chairman, Councillor Niall McNelis – about Gardaí helping to police 30km/h zones in city estates – Chief Supt Curley said: “Gardaí continually monitor 30km/h zones in relation to speed and other offences. For example, the Kingston Road area, where a number of operations were conducted recently and 100 people were issued with FCPN.”

There were no fatal accidents on city roads in the first 11 months of 2019, and accidents causing serious injury were down by 33% from 12 to 18.

Meanwhile, Councillor Donal Lyons (Ind) has welcomed a 186% increase in the number of FCPN issued for pedal cyclists. Some 63 cyclists were issued with fines in the 11 months to the end of November, 41 more than the corresponding period the previous year.

Offences for no insurance were down 31% to 157 incidents, and there were 1,505 parking offences between January and November, a reduction of 18%.

Councillor Eddie Hoare (FG) welcomed an increase of 26% in the number of Mandatory Intoxication Tests (MIT) checkpoints but said that there were too many drink driving offences, which stood at 141 incidents (down 9%).

Elsewhere, begging offences were down by 66% to 14 detections. This reduction was a matter of concern to a number of JPC members, who said begging continues to be a problem. Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said a number of beggars were purporting to be homeless but were not homeless at all – it was giving off a bad image of the city, he said. Cllr Fahy said some beggars were operating at 3am or 4am after nightclubs close.

Chief Supt Curley said he had to prioritise resources. If there are 3,000 people congregating at Eyre Square after a night out, he would allocate Gardaí to policing that potential Public Order situation.

Begging was not being ignored, and it was being dealt with – including on the Headford Road – but he could not have a Garda on every street corner.

Public order offences were up by 12 incidents (2%) to 550; assaults causing harm were down 1% to 90; and minor assaults were up 14% to 296 incidents.

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Drugs raid on house in Ballybane

Enda Cunningham

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The seizure from the house in Ballybane

Gardaí in Galway have arrested a man and seized more than €31,000 in cash, and suspected cocaine from a house in Ballybane.
At 10pm yesterday, the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house under warrant, where they seized €12,250 worth of cocaine (pending analysis).
Approximately €19,000 worth of cash in euro and Sterling currency and two designer watches worth €7,000 were also seized by Gardaí.
One man, aged in his early 30s, was arrested at the scene. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in this matter.

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Galway ICU has 100% Covid-19 survival rate

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – All Covid-19 patients who were critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Galway have survived the virus, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

While there have been some Covid-19 deaths in the city hospital since the pandemic reached Ireland, the survival rate of those treated in the critical care unit or ICU at UHG has been 100%.

The hospital has not yet provided an exact figure for ICU recoveries, but ‘rolling figures’ from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre – which do not account for overlaps of new ICU patients and those who are moved out following recovery – show that on one occasion at the peak of the crisis here, there were up to 20 people being treated for Covid-19 in the unit. This week, there was one Covid patient in ICU.

The ICU has not been as busy as Dublin’s acute hospitals, as Covid-19 has been more prevalent on the east coast. But the success in treating patients in Galway’s ICU has also been attributed to splitting it into two separate ICUs, one for Covid and one for non-Covid patients, which was facilitated by the deal negotiated with private hospitals.

Dr Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director of Saolta Hospitals Group, which runs UHG, said: “Thankfully we haven’t had any ICU deaths related to Covid, to date. There have been deaths related to Covid but not in ICU. That is good by national standards.”
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Galway Market to reopen – and go back to its roots

Denise McNamara

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All quiet: the last Galway Market held two months ago.

From this wek’s Galway City Tribune – Up to 30 food growers and producers will return this Saturday to sell their wares at a smaller version of the Galway Market, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

A reduced number of stalls will be laid out to allow the two-metre distance between traders and each stall holder will be expected to maintain a ‘socially distant’ queue among their customers. Council officials will be on site to ensure things runs smoothly.

There will be no hot food vendors or craftspeople operating in this phase of the market’s return outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Carmel Kilcoyne, Senior Engineer in the Council’s Environment Department, explained that stalls along Churchyard Street will not be erected at this time due to its size.

“It is a different layout and we are adhering to a strict interpretation of what a farmers’ market is – food producers, deli items such as chutneys, cheese, eggs and fish mongers. We will have one coffee van,” she said.
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