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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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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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