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Only one in five rapes end up with someone charged

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Date Published: 05-May-2011

By Denise McNamara

Just one fifth of rapes and sexual assaults reported to Gardaí in the west during 2009 have resulted in court action, according to figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

The Garda-recorded crime statistics published by the CSO show in the West Garda Region, which includes Galway City and county, there were 130 rapes and sexual assaults recorded in 2009.

Of these reported incidents, less than 65 per cent – or 84 cases – were deemed to be ‘detected’ or where Gardaí had a known suspected offender.

In 2009 just 28 cases – or one fifth – have so far gone to court.

There were six other sexual offences recorded in the west, two of these cases went to court.

The figures for 2010 show reported rapes and sexual assaults were down by a quarter, to 100. However a further analysis of this information will not be completed until next year when figures for detections and court proceedings can be accurately recorded.

A 2009 study by NUI Galway lecturer Conor Hanley found just seven per cent of rapes reported to Gardaí resulted in a conviction.

Alcohol was one of the key reasons why only one out of every three cases investigated made it to court.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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