Date Published: 19-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
Gangs of women are purporting to be ‘ladies of the night’ for hire and luring men down alleyways in Galway City under the pretext of offering sex for payment – the women then steal the ‘clients’ cash or wallets.
The men, who think they are hiring prostitutes, may also be assaulted down the city’s side streets by these women, the Galway City Joint Policing Committee heard this week.
City Councillor Frank Fahy (FG), a taxi driver by trade, said this phenomenon of men being assaulted and cash stolen from them after they are lured down side streets under false pretences is happening on a regular basis at night.
Cllr Fahy said the women were from Romania and their crimes of assault and theft are probably underreported. They “ply for hire” as prostitutes at corners of the city’s main streets – High Street, Shop Street and Cross Street – and then lure the men down side streets and alleyways, he said.
“When they are down the side streets the men are either assaulted or robbed,” he said.
Chief Superintendent Donal Ó Cualáin, told the meeting that these types of cases have been reported to Galway Gardaí.
He said most of the women who have been caught and processed through the courts here, are over 18 although they may look younger.
Read more in today’s Galway City Tribune
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
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.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
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.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
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.