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Lack of Oireachtas representation on city policing committee criticised

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Oireachtas members have been criticised over a lack of participation in the City Joint Policing Committee.
A meeting of the JPC today (26/3), members expressed disappointment that there is only one formal member of the committee in the Oireachtas – Junior Minister Seán Kyne.
Minister Kyne was at the meeting today and was welcomed by several city councillors who are also members.
Former senator Trevor O’ Clochartaigh attended JPC meetings but it’s uncertain whether his replacement in the Seanad will attend the meetings in the future.
Labour Councillor Billy Cameron says he feels that some senior politicians may think the JPC is a ‘talking shop’.
He says their lack of interest in attending denigrates the work of the committee and they must think it’s only for the ‘lowlife of the political spectrum’.
Meeting administrator Peter Salmon from the city council says Oireachtas members can only sit on one JPC- either the city or county.
Councillor Donal Lyons proposed that the committee writes to all Oireachtas members alerting them of the JPC’s intention to ask the Justice Minister to relax the rules so that TDs and senators can sit on both the city and county JPCs if they wish.

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Galway has fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway now has the fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide.

According to the latest health figures, the infection rate per 100,000 of population in the city and county now stands at 439.

With 1,134 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks, the incidence rate in Galway now stands at 439.

That’s a 40% increase on this time last week, when the infection rate stood at 256 – with 663 cases recorded over that two-week period.

Nationwide, Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 952, followed by Louth at 603, Laois at 454 and then Galway.

Meanwhile there are 16 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today – with 12 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Two of the patients are being treated in the intensive care unit at UHG.

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Anger over destructive vandalism to facilities at Loughrea Lake

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is expressing anger at destructive vandalism at facilities at Loughrea Lake over the weekend.

Councillor Moegie Maher says there’s been considerable physical damage caused, as well as graffiti sprayed on the freshly painted walls.

Graffiti has been a persistent issue at the popular amenity in recent years – though the latest developments mark a major escalation in the vandalism.

Over the weekend, vandals damaged bathroom fixtures and piping, kicked down doors, sprayed graffiti on internal walls and also set a number of bins on fire.

Councillor Maher says Gardaí are doing all they can, and due to GDPR issues, CCTV cannot be installed at the location.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he outlined what happened over the weekend.

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Galway records average of 99 Covid cases per day as holiday season continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is recording an average of 99 Covid 19 cases per day over the last five days.

As the West continues to experience a fourth wave, a significant increase in cases has been noted in tourist hotpsots such as Galway city, the Aran Islands and Westport.

The walk in test centre in the city is now recording a positivity rate of 12.8%, while the centre in Carnmore has a positivity rate of 10.5%.

Director of Public Health in the West Breda Smyth says there is a very high infection rate in the city at the moment with the age profile predominantly in the under 40s.

She has urged the younger cohorts of the population, particularly those aged between 19 and 30, to avail of a vaccine in a pharmacy or by registering on the HSE vaccine portal.

Breda Smyth told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks there is a high level of infection in the community and the public health guidelines are key in surpressing the virus as the holiday season continues.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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