Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been an increase of almost 30 per cent on the number of reported sexual assaults in the county in the first nine months of the year.
The figure was revealed at a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee this week.
There were 37 reported sexual assaults between January and September compared to the same period last year.
There was also a 2 per cent increase in breaches of barring and safety orders.
Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division, Tom Curley said many of the cases are historical and gardaí are following lines of enquiry in all cases.
The Chief has also put together the business plan and is seeking expressions of interest for a Protective Services Unit for the western region based at the new Garda Headquarters in Renmore.
It’s understood it would have 10 staff.
Galway Gardai appeal for witnesses to city centre Assault
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai in Mill Street are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the city centre involving a number of youths.
The incident took place at Ball Alley Lane, Eyre Square on Friday night around 11.30 when it’s alleged a male and two females were assaulted by a group of young men.
A black iphone was also stolen during the incident.
Sergeant Darragh Brown of Galway Gardai is appealing for anyone with any information to come forward – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
745 Cases Covid 19 Recorded in Galway in Last Fortnight
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: 745 cases of Covid 19 have been recorded in Galway city and county in the last fortnight.
Galway’s 14 day incidence rate now stands at 288.7.
Monaghan remains the county with the highest rate of infection while the lowest rate of infection over the last two weeks has been recorded in Wicklow.
It comes as 14 patients with Covid 19 are being treated at hospitals across Galway today.
13 of those patients are receiving care at UHG, with four currently in the Intensive Care Unit.
Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is treating one patient with the virus.
Supermacs Founder Says Its Uncertain Times For Business As Energy Prices Soar
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The founder of Supermacs says businesses are heading into uncertain times as rising energy prices begin to have an impact.
A number of energy providers have announced price increases in recent months ranging from 7 percent up to 26% in some cases.
The dramatic rise in energy costs is linked to a low supply of gas across Europe, which a number of countries including Ireland rely on heavily on for power generation.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh says he feels the current situation could have been avoided.