Crime is down in the county according to the latest statistics from Gardaí.
At a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee, it was revealed that recorded crime is down 46 percent since the start of the year.
While rural burglary is down almost 30 percent, theft from shops is up significantly, with a 70 percent rise.
There is an almost 60 percent decrease in fatal road crashes in the same period and 61 incidents of drink driving were detected.
639 mandatory alcohol test checkpoints were carried out with more than 3,600 breath tests performed.
Public order offences are down by almost half and assaults causing harm are down by almost a quarter.
Meanwhile, Gardaí seized almost more than 80 thousand euro worth of drugs in the county, excluding the city and Salthill between January and the end of March.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Superintendent of Galway Garda Division, Marie Skehill says that the dramatic jump in thefts from shops could be as a result of a push get retailers to report small crime.
Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.
Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.
The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.
Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey:
UD Motorway and lane closures between Ballinasloe and Oranmore over next 8 days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commuters are being advised of upcoming motorway and lane closures on designated days between Ballinasloe and Oranmore between tomorrow and Thursday week, February 16th
The M6 Eastbound will be closed between Junction 19 and 18 from 10pm tomorrow (thurs feb 9) until 6am on Friday, with diversions in place.
On Monday 13th traffic will be down to one lane on the M6 WESTbound between junction 16 Loughrea and 17 Athenry.
The following day, one lane on that stretch EASTbound will be closed.
On Wednesday 15th, it will be down to one lane between Junction 16 Loughrea and 15 Ballinasloe.
Then on Thursday 16th, one lane will be closed between Junction 14 East Ballinasloe and Junction 15 West Ballinasloe.
All those closures will be in place from 8AM until 5PM each day.
City tech firm partners with COPE Galway to support services
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based tech firm is partnering with COPE Galway to support its services.
The domestic abuse and homelessness charity is set to receive funding and volunteer support from Salthill cybersecurity firm, TitanHQ.
The company voted to support COPE Galway, with the partnership established on a year-long basis.
Leonie Woutersen, Corporate Engagement Executive at COPE Galway, explains what the collaboration will involve.