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Taoiseach urged to intervene in Galway disabled school-leaver crisis

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has been urged to intervene to assist 13 Galway school-leavers with intellectual disability who have had their services significantly cut.

77 students are impacted across the HSE West region.

This year, the county was allocated 210 thousand euro, however it’s estimated that 800 thousand is needed to provide an adequate full week service.

Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames says the lack of support is having a devastating impact on local families’ health and finances.

She told Galway Talks she’s now calling on the Taoiseach to urgently intervene

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Do Not Consume Water notice for Spiddal area in place until next week

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Irish Water say a Do Not Consume warning for people living in the Spiddal area of Galway will remain in place until next week.

The notice was first issued on September 16th due to increased levels of manganese in the supply and affects around 5,700 people.

The utility says they are currently flushing the Spiddal Public Water network and new samples will be taken early next week to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Officials are advising that boiling the water will not reduce the level of manganese and the water should not be consumed in any form.

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Galway school build first miniboat to set sail in South Atlantic

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A miniboat that was built and decorated by students in Scoil Bhride in Lackaigh has become the first-ever miniboat to set sail in the South Atlantic ocean.

Spiorad na Gaillimhe was deployed from a research vessel belonging to the Alfred-Wegener Institute as it sailed between Germany and South Africa.

It set off along with three other miniboats from Spain, Germany and South Africa, adding to the 18 Educational Passages boats that are currently sailing around the world’s oceans.

Speaking to Galway Talks, University of Galway’s Senior Oceanography Technician for Earth and Sciences Sheena Fennell explained the benefits of the project:

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Rape and sexual assault incidents in Galway increased by a third on 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom -The number of reported incidents of rape and sexual assault in Galway has increased by a third compared to 2021.

The CSO has released the figures, which are still under Reservation.

There have been 81 reported incidents of rape and sexual assault, reported in Galway so far in 2022.

While this time last year, there were 61 such incidents across the county division – an increase of 33 percent.

Nationwide, the number of reported incidents of rape has increased by 24 percent, in the 12 months to end of June.

Meanwhile the figures show there was a decrease in the number of homicide offence of around 35-and-a-half percent.

Attempted murder, assaults and harassment-related offences saw a rise of around a fifth, while fraud offences were up 43 percent.

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