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Laptops and phones seized in 4 properties in the west as part of national investigation into child abuse material

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Laptops and phones have been seized in 31 properties nationwide – including 4 in the west – as part of an investigation into child abuse material.
Thousands of images are believed to be among the items seized across 15 counties.

Over the past few days an operation headed up by the Online Child Exploitation Unit has been carried out across the country.
Laptops and phones were seized in 31 properties – and they are expected to contain thousands of images of child exploitation.
In one search, ‘child sex dolls’ were found.
Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll says it’s the first time this has happened.
Nobody has been arrested but gardai say they are speaking to a number of people aged from their teens to their 70s.
Some of them have already made admissions.
It’s believed the abuse victims in this instance are foreign but Irish children have been identified in the past.

Senior Gardai say social media sites helped them in today’s operation but they would like to see more done to ensure this type of material is blocked online.

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Galway Residents Eligible For A Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Will Begin Receiving Appointments Next week.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: People living in Galway who are eligible to receive a Covid-19 booster vaccination will begin receiving their appointments next week.

The HSE will start offering third dose appointments to people with compromised immune systems from Wednesday.

The booster shots will start to be administered from next Friday.

NIAC recommended earlier this month to offer booster mRNA vaccines to immunocompromised people over the age of 12.

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Restored Meelick Weir and Walkway To Be Officially Opened

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien TD and Junior Heritage Minister Malcolm Noonan will be in South Galway later today.

They will officially open the restored Meelick weir and walkway in Meelick, Eyrecourt.

The ceremony will take place at noon when they will be joined by Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland, John McDonagh.

The weir was damaged in severe storms in 2009 and again in 2015/2016, when the walkway was also damaged and was subsequently closed.

Work on the three million euro Waterways Ireland project began in 2017 and included the restoration of the weir, its 300 metre walkway and tilting weir gates.

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Accommodation Crisis Sees Huge Response To Potential New Bus Service For Galway Students Attending Limerick Colleges

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Athenry Bus Company says it’s had a huge public response to its plans to start operating a new bus route to the three colleges in Limerick as the accommodation crisis impacts.

Farrells of Athenry posted a social media post asking people to register their interest in a potential new route going from Loughrea to Athenry and on to the University of Limerick, LIT and Mary Immaculate College.

It’s estimated around 10 thousand students across the country are currently on waiting lists for student accommodation with the Union of Students stating that difficulties accessing a place to stay are worse than ever.

Manager of Farrells of Athenry Bus Company Fergus Farrell says the accommodation crisis has created an immediate need for other options for Galway students hoping to study at campuses outside the county.

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