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Lithuanian man appears before courts over significant Gort drugs seizure

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Lithuanian man has appeared before the courts over a significant drugs seizure in Gort last week.
Andreas Varzinskas was arrested after Gardai raided a house in Tarmon on the afternoon of Thursday, June 29th.
During the course of the raid, Gardai discovered 100 thousand euro worth of cannabis plants in what was described as a sophisticated growhouse.
123 mature plants were discovered during the operation carried out by the Divisional Drug Unit and Gardai from Loughrea – with each valued at between 800 and 900 euro.
Lithuanian national Andreas Varzinskas, who is 33 years old and has an address in Dublin, was arrested at the scene.
He appeared before Harristown District Court last evening where he was remanded in custody to appear again on Friday the 21st of July.

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Local TD urges Taoiseach to provide immediate respite for “exhausted” frontline workers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has used the Dáil to urge the Taoiseach to recognise the fact that front-line healthcare workers are physically and mentally exhausted.

The issue was raised by Roscommon-Galway Deputy Denis Naughten, who said respite for these workers is urgently needed.

He pointed out to Taoiseach Micheal Martin that healthcare workers have now managed 3 waves of the virus as well as the recent cyber-attack.

Deputy Naughten also noted that the Taoiseach had committed to examining proposals last July – but nothing has happened since.

He further pointed out that last December, the Scottish Goverment pledged to pay every NHS and social care worker a £500 Covid bonus.

Deputy Naughten said something must be done to recognise the work of our own frontline workers who are now exhausted.

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Two working groups established to address anti-social behaviour in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two working groups have been established to address anti-social behaviour and estate management issues in Tuam.

The County Council says the estate management team will support residents associations to work on estates and common areas.

Meanwhile, the anti-social behaviour group is looking at CCTV options and possible exclusion orders for people from particular estates.

The Local Authority has confirmed that both groups are now meeting and working on a number of initiatives in estates including the STEER estate, Parkmore and Tirboy.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Colm Keaveney sits on the anti-social behaviour group, while Fine Gael Councillor Andrew Reddington is set to lead a separate taskforce dedicated to youth outreach in the district.

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GMIT research aims to help parkinson’s patients with medication routines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Postgraduate students from GMIT are working with the Galway Parkinson’s Association and local medtech firm Synecco to find new ways to assist parkinson’s patients and their families with medication routines.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder but the symptoms can be effectively controlled over many years with medication.

Each person with the disease has an individualised medication regime depending upon age, physical state, and the level of disease.

15 GMIT students have been working with Synecco and the Galway Parkinson’s Association since January as part of the college’s master’s degree in Design and Innovation.

Their work focuses on developing a medication compliance system.

The group will host an exhibition in December to showcase their solutions.

GMIT Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Dr Carine Gachon says the part-time industry focused programme is designed to upskill students for leadership roles in design and innovation and enhance the participant organisation’s capacity to innovate in products, services, and processes.

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