Galway Bay fm newsroom – Crime is down in the city by 40 per cent.
Figures presented at a meeting of the city Joint Policing Committee this week show that there more than 500 less crimes reported in the city garda division by the end of May, compared to a year previous.
While burglaries have reduced by 3 per cent in the city, theft from cars are up by more than a third.
Theft from shops also increased by 10 per cent in the first 5 months of the year.
Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley said that the majority of thefts from vehicles, particularly in Salthill, involved the vehicle being left unlocked or valuables being left in plain sight.
Mayor Niall McNelis suggested that the new parking pay machines which are being rolled out across the city could have stickers warning people to lock up their cars safely.
Public Order offences were down by 7 per cent, however JPC members expressed concern about an almost 60 per cent rise in minor assaults.
Chief Super Curley said 173 minor assaults which happened in the past few months occurred in a variety of locations including betting offices, car parks, laneways, hotels, hostels, pubs, school buildings, fast-food outlets and streets.
Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.
Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.
Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.
The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:
Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.
Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997
She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.
Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.
Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.
Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.