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Hose-pipe ban to be extended to Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A hose-pipe ban is to be extended to Galway later this week due to increased demand on the supply network.
Irish Water says there’s a ‘predictable pattern’ for water shortages around the country as the dry weather continues.
It’s extending its hosepipe ban beyond the Greater Dublin area this week.
The utility has warned that the Ballinasloe water treatment plant is operating at full capacity and reservoir levels are now a major concern.
Water consumption on Inis Oirr and Inis Meain has increased by 30 per cent in the past two weeks and Irish Water is urging customers to increase their efforts to conserve supply.
Night time restrictions are already in place on Inis Mor, Ballyconneely and Tonabrocky areas.

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Three arrested after seizure of almost €1m of cannabis in Kilcolgan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three people have been arrested after almost €1m of cannabis was seized in Kilcolgan.

It follows a search carried out late yesterday afternoon which uncovered a growhouse in the area.

Members of the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises in Kilcolgan at around 3.30pm as part of Operation Tara.

They discovered a sophisticated growhouse operation and seized suspected cannabis plants worth €950 thousand.

Two men, both in their 40’s, and a woman in her 30’s, were arrested at the scene.

All of the drugs seized will be sent for analysis and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says the seizure is a significant blow to those trafficking illegal drugs in Galway – and Gardaí will continue to work to tackle and dismantle drug networks.

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Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.

That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.

They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.

Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.

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Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.

At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.

He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.

But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.

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