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No new Garda graduates for Galway Garda division following latest passing out ceremony

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway has not secured any new Garda graduates following the latest passing out ceremony held in the Garda College in Templemore.

197 newly qualified Gardaí participated in the passing out parade with 49 to be deployed to the North Western region.

The new group of 197 includes 18 graduates from the Galway area.

Of the 49 allocated to the North-west, 20 are to be deployed to Cavan/Monaghan, 5 to Roscommon/Longford, 18 to Donegal and 6 to Sligo/Leitrim.

Five new graduates were deployed to the Galway Garda division earlier this year following their graduation in March and a further nine were deployed to Galway after graduating in June.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Gardai state local Garda management closely monitors the allocation of all resources in the context of crime trends, policing needs and other operational strategies in place on a district, divisional and regional level.

This is to ensure optimum use is made of Garda resources, and the best possible Garda service is provided to the public.

Senior Garda Management is satisfied that an adequate policing service continues to be delivered and that current structures in place meet the requirement to deliver an effective and efficient policing service to the community.

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Lidl lodges plan for discount foodstore in Westside

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Planning permission is being sought for a major discount foodstore in the west of the city.

Lidl Ireland is leading the application for the supermarket to be located at the former Arch Motors premises at Seamus Quirke Road.

The proposal would involve the demolition of a portion of the existing two storey Arch Motors premises with the adjoining Monaghan’s Westside Shop and Filling Station remaining in situ, along with a change of use of a portion of Arch Motors premises to shop use.

The development would see the construction of a single storey licensed discount foodstore supermarket attached to Westside Shop with ancillary off- licence sales.

There would also be associated car parking, free standing and building mounted signage, free standing trolley bay and enclosure.

The plan would see revisions to the existing vehicular and pedestrian accesses and right turn lane on Seamus Quirke Road as well as revisions to the existing filling station forecourt layout.

City planners are due to make a decision in February.

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Councillor writes to Garda Commissioner over city policing resources

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City Councillor has written to the Garda Commissioner to raise concerns over the lack of policing resources in Galway.

Fianna Fail Councillor Ollie Crowe has written to Commissioner Drew Harris and the Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan recently, to question why no Garda graduates from the latest passing out ceremony have been assigned to Galway.

197 newly qualified Gardaí participated in the passing out parade with 49 to be deployed to the North Western region.

The new group of 197 includes 18 graduates from the Galway area.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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Man taken from water in the city

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Emergency services assisted with a water rescue in the city in the early hours of today.

A man was taken from the water at the New Docks area shortly after 4.30am.

One unit of the city fire brigade attended the scene.

The man was taken to UHG where his condition is currently unknown.

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