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Increased community garda presence planned for county areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – More gardaí are expected to be deployed in rural parts of the county under a pilot scheme which will come into effect later this month.

A new garda divisional model is being tested in Galway which will see more community engagement.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee today.

Councillor Mary Hoade raised concerns about future garda resources for the Headford area, while Councillor Peter Roche said he would like to see a garda re-stationed in Corofin.

Councillor Seosamh Ó Cualáin told the meeting that in recent weeks a crime was reported to gardaí in Connemara and claims it took 27 hours before gardaí responded.

He added that “a garda would cycle down from Dublin quicker”.

Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley told the JPC that it’s his preference to fill sub-districts such as Corofin and he has made an application for resources.

He said it will take 31 staff to get the new model up and running and he would hope for a total of 60 additional staff by the end of the year.

Chief Superintendent Curley told FYI Galway that the public can expect to see more local gardaí over the coming months.

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Seven Galway Gardaí injured after assaults while on duty last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seven Gardaí in the Galway division were injured after being assaulted while on duty last year.

243 Gardaí nationwide received injuries while on duty in 2021.

According to freedom of information figures, it’s a 9% increase on 2020.

223 Gardaí got occupational injuries after being assaulted in 2020 – rising to 243 in 2021.

Of last year’s figures, 22 involved bone fractures or dislocations, and 15 were open wounds.

Four members received multiple injuries, which were serious.

Criminal barrister and Fine Gael senator, Barry Ward, says a Bill is currently going through the Oireachtas to address the issue.

58 of last year’s assaults were in Dublin, with 27 in Cork, 17 in Tipperary, and 16 in Limerick.

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855 new residential address points added in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 855 new residential address points were added in Galway last year.

The latest report from GeoDirectory also shows a further 853 residential buildings were under construction in the county in the final quarter of 2021.

The number of new home addresses registered nationwide last year fell by 17 percent.

Almost half of the total of new addresses were found in the Greater Dublin Area, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

The average residential property price in county Galway was €270,671 in the twelve months to October, with a total of 2,056 transactions taking place.

The highest average residential property price in Galway City was at €312,462.

CEO of GeoDirectory, Dara Keogh, says a national reduction in new homes registrations was expected...

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Roscommon Galway TD says 2030 emissions target for agriculture unlikely to be achieved

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD says the 2030 target to reduce emissions in the agriculture sector is unlikely to be achieved.

An Oireachtas committee will today hear agriculture won’t meet its emissions targets without new technology.

The Department of Agriculture will say new farming methods are needed – and they’re currently not in the marketplace.

The sector is supposed to reduce its emissions by between 22 and 30 per cent by 2030.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice doesn’t think the target will be reached in that time frame…

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