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Low voter turnout for referendums in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Voter turnout for the referendums at polling booths across the city and county is low so far today.

The average turnout for the Seanad and Court of Appeal referendums is between 4 and 6 percent.

However, in some parts of the city, voter turnout is a bit higher at between 10 and 12%.

174 thousand people are registered to vote in Galway city and County.

There are 58 polling stations at 15 venues in the city including Tirellan, Mervue, Renmore, Knocknacarra, Castlegar and Ballybane.

There are 159 polling stations altogether in Galway West and 154 polling stations in Galway East.

Polls opened at 7 o’clock this morning and will remain open until 10 o’ clock tonight.

Gaway registrar Marian Chambers Higgins says she expects voter numbers to increase later in the day.

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Galway TD calls for restoration of right to retire at 65

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is calling on the government to restore the right to retire at 65.

Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell has called on all TDs to back the party’s motion which will come before the Dáil today.

Deputy Farrell argues people who worked hard all their lives deserve the right to retire on their full pension at 65.

She says it’s a fundamental issue of dignity for workers who deserve the choice to either retire on the full pension rate or to work on in their job.

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12 thousand Galway motorists driving with learner permits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 12 thousand motorists in Galway are driving with learner permits.

Nearly 1,400 people nationwide have been driving with only a learner permit for over 26 years.

According to freedom of information figures, they include people in every county.

According to the Department of Transport, nearly 232,000 drivers only have learner permits.

They include nearly 68,000 people in Dublin, almost 25,000 in Cork, over 12,000 in Galway, and just under that mark in Kildare.

Under current rules, you can’t apply for a third or subsequent learner permit unless you’ve recently done a driving test or have an upcoming test.

But new figures show over 21,000 drivers have had a learner permit for at least 11 years, and 1,365 have had one for over 26 years.

Brian Farrell, from the Road Safety Authority, says the new figures are concerning.

You must always have a fully qualified driver with you if you have a learner permit.

But 2,475 drivers got penalty points last year for breaking that law – up 27 per cent on 2019.

A further 1,581 drivers were penalised in the first five months of this year for the same offence.

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167 fraud offences recorded in Galway so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 167 fraud offences were recorded in Galway city in the first five months of this year.

Deception and ‘card not present’ offences were the most common with 42 cases of each fraud type recorded.

The second most common fraud offence was ‘account take over’ with 17 recorded by Gardaí.

Phishing offences were next in line with 16 offences noted and shopping or online auction fraud with a further 16.

10 cases of accommodation fraud were brought to the attention of Gardaí, as well as nine cases of forgery.

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