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Search to resume in Galway Bay after boat found with no-one on board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A search is due to resume in the next half hour for a fisherman who is suspected to be missing in Galway Bay.
The alarm was raised last evening when a fishing boat departed from the Docks following a course out by Barna but did not return.
It’s believed one person was on board at the time.
Aran Lifeboat was dispatched to the area and recovered the boat but no-one was on board.
The Coastguard helicopter and lifeboat crews will resume a search of the water around Galway Bay in the next half hour at first light.

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NUIG Student Union highlights availability of safety and door alarms

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The Student Union at NUI Galway has moved to highlight the availability of various safety alarms and door alarms for purchase at its shop.

The union is creating awareness of safety measures in light of the tragic death of Aisling Murphy in Tullamore.

It comes as hospitality has fully reopened with greater numbers of students socialising at night.

Vice President Cora Clarke says the alarms are available at no major cost and may make many feel safer.

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Project team extends deadline for Galway Greenway public consultation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials have moved to extend the deadline for the third phase of public consultation on the Athlone to Galway greenway until the end of February.

Councillor Joe Byrne told this week’s meeting of the local authority that while there has been good interaction with the project team, interacting on the ground with landowners has been a problem due to COVID restrictions.

Last month, Route Corridor 5 was identified as the Emerging Preferred Corridor as it was stated it offers the potential to develop a highly scenic cycleway from Galway to Athlone.

The route travels through a variety of landscapes, starting at the edge of Galway Bay and traversing along the Burren Lowlands, the Slieve Aughty mountains, the River Shannon, and the Midlands Bogs.

Director of Services Derek Pender told the meeting it was always the intention to have boots on the ground, and hopefully now that can be expedited.

The project team has since confirmed the deadline will be extended by one month to Monday February 28th.

Councillor Byrne says face to face meetings with landowners on the ground have been the missing link.

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County JPC to devise educational campaign for young men following death of Ashling Murphy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A county councillor says the Joint Policing Committee will be working with the county council and Gardaí to create an awareness campaign in light of the recent tragic death of Ashling Murphy.

Councillor Shelley Herterich Quinn, who sits on the educational awareness sub-committee, told a meeting of the plenary council that the education awareness programme is to be adopted for young men.

She said it will focus on proper behaviours so that they don’t escalate into the tragic behaviours witnessed this month in Offaly.

The 39 councillors marked the tragic death of the 23 year old schoolteacher, and other recent deaths in the Galway area by observing a five minute adjournment.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says there has to be a culture change.

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