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LATEST FIGURES SHOW DECREASE IN COUNTY CRIME

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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.

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Galway 2020 gets European funding for a two-day youth event

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway 2020 has been awarded a grant of 49 thousand euro from the European Parliament for a youth project entitled EYE on the Edge.

Galway 2020 has been ravaged by controversy, funding difficulties, extreme weather and COVID-19 but this event is now set to go ahead in March.

A local version of the European Youth Event, it will comprise a two-day conference and festival created and curated by young people in Galway.

Nollaig Mc Guinness of Galway 2020 says EYE on the Edge seeks to respond to contemporary European and global challenges through an exciting programme of debates, workshops, artistic performances, and exhibitions.

The project is one of four chosen to share from a half a million euro fund for Irish civil society and media organisations.

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Boots to roll out COVID-19 testing service at Knocknacarra store

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Boots pharmacy is to roll out its COVID-19 PCR testing service at its store in Knocknacarra from tomorrow.

The in-store testing service will launch at €139 per test and customers can expect to receive their results the day following their test.

The pharmacy says testing is specifically for customers without COVID-19 symptoms.

The service is being launched in response to new Government guidelines which allow travellers arriving from an orange, red or grey region, as determined by the EU traffic light approach to travel.

These people can end their period of restricted movement on receipt of a negative test taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland.

Initially the testing service will be available in seven stores with plans to roll out to further stores across Ireland after demand is assessed.

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Calls for clinic to be established in Galway for those suffering from long-term affects of COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for a clinic to be established in Galway specifically for people suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says a so-called long COVID clinic is needed for those experiencing the lingering, debilitating effects of the virus.

Currently there are only two such clinics nationwide – with one each located in Cork and Dublin.

It comes as the WHO has asked that governments recognise the long-term effects of COVID-19 and ensure access to health services for all affected patients.

The side-effects of long COVID include fatigue, a cough, shortness of breath and inflammation and injury of major organs – including the lungs and heart.

Deputy Cannon says setting up the clinic is vital for patients in the west – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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