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Increase in attendance on fifth day of Galway Races

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a slight increase in the number of people who attended the fifth day of the Galway Races at Ballybrit yesterday.
However, the bookmakers and tote takings were once again down compared to the figures for last year.

Just over 30 thousand people passed through the turnstiles at Ballybrit yesterday – an increase of over 700 people compared to the figures for 2017.
However, while the bookmakers were once again down – the drop recorded yesterday was less severe than it has been in recent days.
They took in €1.2m over the course of the day – a drop of €104 thousand on the takings recorded last year.
Meanwhile, tote figures were also down – from €959 thousand in 2017, to €896 thousand yesterday – a drop of €63 thousand.
Overall, while betting figures are significantly down across the week, attendance figures are broadly in line with last year’s festival – with 109 thousand people passing through Ballybrit so far this week.
The first of the 7 races scheduled for today goes to post at 2 this afternoon.

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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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