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Red-faced Garda no longer tall in the saddle

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Date Published: 21-Apr-2011

By Dara Bradley

Regular cyclists in Galway know that if your bicycle isn’t chained or locked to an immovable object, chances are it won’t be there when you return.

The Gardaí, through their website and other media, regularly remind cyclists about commonsense bicycle security – but now it appears even Galway Gardaí aren’t immune from the city’s bicycle thieves.

During a clean-up of the Ballinfoile, Ballindooley and Castlegar areas of the city at the weekend, volunteers discovered an almost brand new Garda bicycle dumped in undergrowth.

It is understood the Garda bike was stolen several weeks ago but it is not yet known whether it was taken from Galway Garda station or at a location in the city from an unsuspecting Garda out on the beat.

An investigation is ongoing into the theft.

The bike was stripped of its two tyres and handlebars and then ditched in bushes next to the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden beside the Lus Léanna estate on the Headford Road.

Details surrounding the circumstances of the theft – exactly where it was taken from and when – have not yet been established. “It is under investigation,” the spokesperson said.

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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