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Rescuers coordinate to cut water rescue response times

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A coordinated approach between all agencies involved in search, rescue and recovery operations in Galway City waterways has seen the response time of the emergency services plummet from up to 40 minutes to less than two minutes.

The drastic improvement in responding to water emergencies has led to more people being saved in the critical first hour after they enter the River Corrib, Superintendent Kevin Gately told a Galway City Joint Policing Committee (JPC) meeting.

All services – including the Gardaí, the RNLI, Coastguard and Fire Brigade – were now in constant touch with each other over a secure Tetra radio system once the alarm was raised.

The use of a tool developed by the Marine Institute identifying wind speed and tidal changes improved the ability of emergency services to track a person once in the water.

The RNLI – the volunteer rescue service – now also deployed a mannequin into the water which aims to replicate the movement of the person once they hit the fast-moving current.

As well as saving more people, all of these measures had resulted in the quicker recovery of bodies, giving some comfort to devastated families who at times had to wait for four weeks to reclaim their loved ones.

In a presentation to the JPC, Supt Gately and Mike Swan, manager of the Galway Lifeboat Station of the RNLI, asked for support in erecting two new thermal cameras to improve search and rescue and recovery operations.

One would be located in the Claddagh Basin, the other on Galway Harbour Company headquarters. This would help pinpoint the location of where the person entered the water, which was crucial when trying to ascertain quickly which direction the water would carry them.

Often visitors who reported seeing a person enter the water did not know which part of the river it occurred.

“There’s a golden hour to get a person out and bring them back to life,” remarked Mr Swan.

He explained that it was their experience that once many people hit the extremely cold water of the Corrib they regretted their decision and dearly wanted to be saved.

Supt Gately said the two cameras would cost in the region of €20,000.

Galway City Mayor, Cllr Niall McNelis, told the meeting that the body of his late father-in-law was never recovered from the water in Dublin, which created a huge mental strain on a family.

He called on Galway City Council to immediately publish the water safety audit, which had been completed two years ago. He had secured €5,000 in the city budget to help fund these cameras which he now wanted to be released.

“This is the key part of the jigsaw that will help families,” he pleaded.

Cllr Frank Fahy (FG) said his brother had drowned in the Thames River in the UK in 1983 while he had been rescued. Emergency services had recovered the body of his brother, giving some solace to his family that he could be brought home to be buried.

A motion proposed by Cllr McNelis calling on Galway City Council to allocate €5,000 towards the thermal cameras was seconded by Cllr Peter Keane and passed unanimously. The remaining cost could be funded by a national scheme for CCTV cameras.

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NewDad enjoy fruit of their labour in debut EP

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NewDad....debut EP now released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

It is difficult to transcend a local music scene at the best of times – but the absence of live gigs (and the momentum they generate) has made the industry even less accessible for young bands…which is what makes the continued rise of Galway band NewDad all the more impressive.

Having cultivated an original, current brand of dreampop over several years, the four-piece have intensified their progress in the last twelve months with a string of successful singles.

Now receiving airplay on BBC Radio 6 and drawing comparisons to Mazzy Star and The Cure, it looks as though free gigs and bedroom recordings are becoming a thing of the not so distant past.

A polished, coherent body of work is on the horizon. NewDad recently finished recording their debut EP in Belfast and it is tentatively set for release later this year.

The group is comprised of vocalist & rhythm guitarist Julie Dawson, bassist Áindle O’Beirn, lead guitarist Sean O’Dowd and drummer Fiachra Parslow. With a keen interest in the production side of their work, the four were heavily involved in the studio process.

“We were recording for three days but we were there for five really,” Sean recalls. “We had the demos very good. It was all multitracked and that so there are bits from the demos that are staying in the finished thing.”

“Yeah and we spent the last month basically rinsing through the set over and over,” Áindle adds.

“They all kind of give off a similar vibe I suppose but they’ve been written at different points. One of the tracks is actually the second song we ever wrote from years ago. We’ve always got loads of songs going so we’ve just taken five that we think go really well together…

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Houses selling faster as more working from home

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Estate agent Kevin Burke: increased demand for properties with a home office.

The average time taken to sell a house in Galway has fallen by three weeks in the past three months, a national property survey has found.

The REA Average House Price Survey found that the average time taken to sell across the county fell over the past three months from 11 weeks to eight in the city, and 13 weeks to 10 in the county.

As people move to incorporate new working from home lifestyles, the price of the average three-bed semi-detached house rose by 0.5% in the city to €285,000 this quarter and remained at €165,000 in the county.

“The market is strong with good demand for all properties. Activity levels have increased throughout the summer, and rural properties within commuting distance of Galway are in good demand,” said Kevin Burke of REA McGreal Burke, which has offices in Galway City and Loughrea.

“Even though the levels of supply remained static, demand has increased for all properties with a home office or home office possibility such as a large garage, garden or attic which is suitable for conversion.

“Properties on the edge of the city have also proved popular, and everyone seems to have taken time to assess their current position.”

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CitySwift announces 50 new jobs for city as part of its major expansion

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Minister Hildegarde Naughton at the CitySwift jobs announcement with Brian O'Rourke and Alan Farrelly of CitySwift.

A Galway company, which produces cutting-edge technology to optimize the public transport experience for operators and customers alike, this week announced 50 new jobs over the next two years.

CitySwift, the transport data company which works with global players such as Go Ahead and National Express to transform the operations and passenger experience of public transport, announced the jobs for over the next two years – with 15 roles to be filled immediately.

The announcement comes after CitySwift secured €2m in funding from existing investors Enterprise Ireland, Western Development Commission, ACT Venture Capital, Irelandia Investment, and Mike McGearty.

The new roles will be across software, data science, and commercial roles including customer success, sales, and marketing.

As part of the rapid growth, CitySwift will also be moving to a bigger headquarters in Galway city centre.

Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton welcomed the jobs announcement.

“Growth of this scale for a local company, especially during these times, is remarkable,” she said.

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