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Lions Club raises €45,000 for Galway’s needy

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Galway Lions Club raised in excess of €45,000 for needy families in Galway through two major fundraising ventures before Christmas.

“It is often said that Christmas is a time for giving and over the past few weeks the people of Galway have really given generously and have been incredibly supportive in their response to each of our appeals,” said Galway Lions President, Eimear McDonnell.

For the Galway Lions Club, the weeks leading up to Christmas were their busiest time with members fundraising outside supermarkets; encouraging businesses to donate items for the Radio Auction; finding homes for Teddies as part of a Christmas Draw; and then quietly visiting people in their homes.

The Lions Club have confirmed that they raised some €15,000 from the supermarket collections, and in excess of €30,000 was raised on the day from the Radio Auction on Galway Bay fm with donations still coming in.

“We are so pleased with the response we have received and I want to assure people that already much of the money received has wended its way to homes in the city.”

In the run-up to Christmas, members of the Lions Club had been knocking on doors and presenting people with food vouchers to help them in some small way.

In collaboration with SVP, Simon, and local Health and Social Services staff, Galway Lions Club have identified families in need and this year in excess of 560 families will have benefited.

“One of the highlights of the Galway Lions year is the visit of Santa to special needs children at St Josephs and the John Paul Centre,” said Ms McDonnell.

“It’s a tradition which goes back many years. To watch the joy on the faces of the children when Santa enters the room is a real privilege for us and one which is made possible by the donations we receive”.

Santa made a flying visit to the schools and gave presents to just over a 100 children before continuing his preparations for Christmas.

“Our work doesn’t stop as we carry on into the New Year,” said Eimear, ”but I want to say a special ‘Thank you’ to everyone who helped us in 2014, the businesses, the public and, of course, the volunteer members of the Club.”

The Galway Lions Club, which has been serving Galway for 40 years, has 60 members and meets on the second Monday of the month at 8pm in the Ardilaun Hotel. Lions Clubs are a group of men and women who volunteer their time to try and improve the quality of lives of their local community.

For more information or to get involved check out www.galwaylionsclub.ie

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50 domestic abuse 999 calls to Galway Gardaí cancelled

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s Garda Chief has committed to a ‘root and branch investigation’ after an internal review unearthed over 50 domestic abuse calls that were cancelled by local Gardaí.

An internal Garda inquiry has revealed that nationally, members of the force cancelled between 3,000 and 4,000 domestic abuse-related ‘999’ calls between 2019 and 2020.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on Monday, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told members that the inquiry found 53 such calls in the Galway Division.

He said he had been tasked by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to sift through the calls and follow up on how they were handled by Gardaí.

“In relation to domestic incidents where calls were cancelled, I have 53 from my division. I am carrying out a root and branch investigation and perhaps at the next JPC meeting, I will be able to give an update of the findings.

“I have only listened to a number of the calls at the moment and I’d rather be in possession of the full facts before commenting any further,” said Chief Supt Curley.
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Councillor claims dealers are using jet skis to bring drugs to Galway

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Drugs are being delivered into the city by jet skis coming down the Corrib, a meeting of the city’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) heard on Monday.

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said there had been reports of dealers using jet skis to come down the river from areas around Headford and Cong, dropping deliveries in the city without fear of detection.

“Do we have a Garda water unit in Galway City to deal with that,” asked Cllr Fahy.

The Chief Superintendent, Tom Curley, said he was not aware of the practice but if anyone had any information on these deliveries, they should bring it to Gardaí.

“We haven’t got a water unit in the city but there is one in Athlone that is available to us any day of the week,” he added.

This came as the JPC was informed that drugs seizures have soared in the city, with year-on-year figures for detection of dealing up 84% in the first five months of 2021.
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Walk-in Covid test facility to open in city centre next week

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Galway City Tribune – A new walk-in Covid testing centre will open in the old tourist office off Forster Street next Tuesday.

The centre will replace the one at NUIG, where students were being encouraged to get tested without an appointment if they showed symptoms or were close contacts of somebody who tested positive.

It will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.

The new location will be a more convenient base for people visiting the city to check for the virus over the coming weeks as the tourist season ramps up.

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