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Justice Minister urged to set up register for charities in Galway

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A city councillor wants the Justice Minister to immediately set up a register of charities to combat illegal collectors in the city.

Councillor Donal Lyons says there have been a number of ‘bogus’ operators going from door to door purportedly collecting for charity.

Councillor Lyons liased with Deputy Noel Grealish to get the Minister to answer a parliamentary question regarding tougher penalties for people who steal from clothes bring banks.

Minister Alan Shatter says there are no plans to change the law in relation to theft.

He did concede that there were plans in 2009 to set up a regulatory body for charities but this has not yet happened due to financial constraints.

Councillor Lyons says that if a register of charities was set up, it would help combat bogus collectors.

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Loughrea now has highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Loughrea now has the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in Galway.

The figure for the electoral area is almost 5 times higher than it was this day last week and is well above the national average.

Galway currently has a 14 day incidence rate of 45 – well below the national average of 87.

However, while some areas of the county have negligible case numbers, others are closer to or even beyond the national average.

The highest is currently in Loughrea, which has a figure of 99 cases per 100 thousand people.

That’s a fivefold increase since this day last week.

Elsewhere, and the figure continues to improve in many areas – Connemara North and South now have less than 5 cases per 100 thousand population.

Galway City East, West and Central have all seen significant improvements over the past week.

Galway City West in particular – once the worst-hit urban area in the country, it’s now just below the national average at 86.

The incidence rate for Oranmore-Athenry has doubled compared to this day last week, but is still well below the average at 54.

Ballinasloe went from having less than 5 cases per 100 thousand people to 39 during the same period.

Meanwhile, Tuam experienced a slight rise in its 14 day incidence rate, to 36 – and the figure for Gort/Kinvara remained generally static at 55.

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Fallen tree blocks access to Oughterard village

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A fallen tree has blocked access to Oughterard village

The tree is on the road between the Church and Sweeney’s Hotel

Gardai say the road is closed and will be for several hours

A Garda spokesperson says diversions are being put in place

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Car insurance claims in Galway down 35 percent this year

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A new report has found that car insurance claims across Galway fell by over 35 percent this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study by HelloSafe reveals that the drop in claims by motorists across the county saved insurance companies almost €16m.

The saving is attributed to the ongoing pandemic, which has seen considerably reduced traffic on the roads.

Dublin had the biggest drop in claims – down 49 percent – followed by Louth, Galway, Kildare, and Cork.

The lowest figure was recorded in Co. Leitrim, where claims dropped by just 19 percent.

The report says policy holders should expect a discount on their premiums in the long run.

But motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert says drivers shouldn’t hold their breath – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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