Galway Bay fm newsroom – The man at the centre of last night’s incident in Salthill is receiving treatment this morning.
The man in his early 40’s was taken off a rooftop balcony by Gardai following a four-hour operation.
Gardai say that the incident was brought to a safe conclusion with no injuries shortly before 10pm.
The man, who has a County Galway address, went out onto a rooftop balcony at the Radharc an Chláir apartment building- which is opposite the Galway Cultural Institute on Grattan Road in Salthill- at around 5.30 last evening.
He was dressed in black and was holding what looked like a fuel container.
Emergency services, including the Garda armed response unit, arrived at the scene and a fire brigade cherry-picker was raised to the level of the balcony.
Up to 100 people gathered at the scene as the incident unfolded, and the man was heard at times speaking to two fire fighters in the cherry-picker.
The incident came to a safe conclusion shortly before 10pm, when a number of Gardai emerged from an apartment onto the balcony.
They brought the man inside the building, and he was taken to Mill Street Garda station but Gardai say he is not under arrest.
The man has been described by the Gardai as traumatised, and he is receiving treatment
County Council CEO expresses ‘deep regret’ over local authority links with Tuam mother and baby home
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A statement from Chief Executive of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly says it is appropriate and necessary that as civic leaders and citizens of this county and country, that we reflect and learn lessons from the clearly painful and distressing accounts previously shared with the council, and from the testimony of many survivors as has been detailed.
He adds ‘we acknowledge with deep regret that the relationship between this local authority and those entrusted to the care of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home has been broken due to our failings in the arrangements for their care’.
He concludes that today, he reaffirms the commitment and renewed determination of this local authority to continue its efforts to assist and support the survivors and all those with a personal connection to the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.
He adds ‘No one can change the past; however, it is important that we accept and learn from it, acknowledge the sad and painful truth, the personal impact and heavy burden carried by survivors and humbly acknowledge our failings’.
Galway’s incidence rate of COVID-19 ninth highest nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s level of COVID-19 infection is now the ninth highest in the country.
The 14 day incidence rate now stands at 892 in Galway, just behind Dublin which has a rate of 937.8.
2,302 cases of the virus were recorded in the city and county over the last fortnight.
Monaghan has the highest rate of infection at 1,661, while Leitrim maintains the lowest rate at 280.9.
Galway Gardaí issue appeal following vaccine text and call scam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí have issued a public appeal following a text and phone call scam which falsely claims it’s part of the vaccine scheduling programme.
The text contains a hyperlink requesting personal information and credit card details in order to book a HSE vaccination slot.
A scam phone call is also in operation where victims are being asked to provide pps number and other personal details.
Galway Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Mick Walsh has warned the HSE will never request personal details and only a GP should make contact regarding a future free vaccine…