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Public meeting on communities facing crime

Enda Cunningham

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A public meeting will be held in Salthill tonight to discuss the “crime wave” sweeping across communities throughout the country.

The meeting – organised by Fianna Fáil’s General Election candidates for Galway West – will offer a “unique insight into problems faced by communities”.

Galway Crime Prevention Officer, Sergeant Pat Flanagan will be in attendance, along with Bernard Kearney from community group Muintir na Tíre.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív said the organisers are anxious to hear from members of the public about their experiences.

“We are determined to make the fight against crime a top priority and we are anxious to hear from members of the public about their experiences.  The party is holding a series of meetings across the country to listen to the concerns of people who are worried about crime.

“We want to see more initiatives to strengthen the Gardai while making it tougher for criminal gangs to target communities.

“There needs to a radical rethink about how we tackle crime.  Fianna Fáil has put forward a 7-point plan aimed at clamping down on this crime spree – it will be one of the issues up for discussion at the meeting.

“I’m delighted that we will be joined by Sergeant Pat Flanagan and Bernard Kearney who will be giving a unique insight into the problems being faced by communities in Galway, as well as measures which can be taken to deter criminals,” said Deputy Ó Cuív.

John Connolly, a former city councillor, said crime cannot be effectively tackled when garda numbers are dwindling.

“Every community across Galway has felt the effects of this crime wave that is sweeping across the country. Garda numbers have decreased significantly over the past five years under this Government, and despite commitments on Garda recruitment, it will take years before we see more boots on the ground.

“The fact of the matter is that the Gardaí need more resources now, not in a few years’ time. Not a week goes by without media reports about the latest burglary or robbery and people are becoming increasingly fearful in their own homes, especially those who are elderly or living on their own,” said Mr Connolly.

Meanwhile, county councillor Mary Hoade – also a candidate for Galway West – said: “People are really worried about their security, in both rural and urban communities.  There is real concern about burglaries and many feel a greater sense of isolation than they did a number of years ago.

“Since 2013, ten Garda stations in Galway have closed leaving communities across the county more exposed and vulnerable.  Garda numbers have also been slashed, from 601 in 2010 to 564 in February this year.

“Criminals are taking advantage of these depleted resources and we have had a number of high profile robberies, being carried out by organised gangs,” said Cllr Hoade.

The meeting will take place in the Galway Bay Hotel tonight (November 30) at 8pm.

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Drugs raid on house in Ballybane

Enda Cunningham

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The seizure from the house in Ballybane

Gardaí in Galway have arrested a man and seized more than €31,000 in cash, and suspected cocaine from a house in Ballybane.
At 10pm yesterday, the Divisional Drugs Unit searched a house under warrant, where they seized €12,250 worth of cocaine (pending analysis).
Approximately €19,000 worth of cash in euro and Sterling currency and two designer watches worth €7,000 were also seized by Gardaí.
One man, aged in his early 30s, was arrested at the scene. He has since been released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions in this matter.

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Galway ICU has 100% Covid-19 survival rate

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – All Covid-19 patients who were critically ill in the Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital Galway have survived the virus, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

While there have been some Covid-19 deaths in the city hospital since the pandemic reached Ireland, the survival rate of those treated in the critical care unit or ICU at UHG has been 100%.

The hospital has not yet provided an exact figure for ICU recoveries, but ‘rolling figures’ from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre – which do not account for overlaps of new ICU patients and those who are moved out following recovery – show that on one occasion at the peak of the crisis here, there were up to 20 people being treated for Covid-19 in the unit. This week, there was one Covid patient in ICU.

The ICU has not been as busy as Dublin’s acute hospitals, as Covid-19 has been more prevalent on the east coast. But the success in treating patients in Galway’s ICU has also been attributed to splitting it into two separate ICUs, one for Covid and one for non-Covid patients, which was facilitated by the deal negotiated with private hospitals.

Dr Pat Nash, Chief Clinical Director of Saolta Hospitals Group, which runs UHG, said: “Thankfully we haven’t had any ICU deaths related to Covid, to date. There have been deaths related to Covid but not in ICU. That is good by national standards.”
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Galway Market to reopen – and go back to its roots

Denise McNamara

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All quiet: the last Galway Market held two months ago.

From this wek’s Galway City Tribune – Up to 30 food growers and producers will return this Saturday to sell their wares at a smaller version of the Galway Market, following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

A reduced number of stalls will be laid out to allow the two-metre distance between traders and each stall holder will be expected to maintain a ‘socially distant’ queue among their customers. Council officials will be on site to ensure things runs smoothly.

There will be no hot food vendors or craftspeople operating in this phase of the market’s return outside St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church.

Carmel Kilcoyne, Senior Engineer in the Council’s Environment Department, explained that stalls along Churchyard Street will not be erected at this time due to its size.

“It is a different layout and we are adhering to a strict interpretation of what a farmers’ market is – food producers, deli items such as chutneys, cheese, eggs and fish mongers. We will have one coffee van,” she said.
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