More gardai needed in rural parts of East Galway says Dolan
More gardai need to be deployed in rural areas of East Galway and South Roscommon to ensure people feel safe in their homes and to deter crime. That is according to Galway county councillor Aisling Dolan.
It follows recent reports that there were no gardai at the scene of a collision in Cloonarkin for more than an hour and a half because they were not available in Roscommon Garda Station or Ballinasloe.
The Fine Gael election candidate for Roscommon – Galway said; “This kind of situation is unacceptable and I’ll be communicating with the Joint Policing Committee to get some answers. I will also liaise with the Community Liaison for Roscommon.
“Fianna Fail in government closed Templemore Garda Training College with the last graduates in 2011 for a number of years. Since then Fine Gael has lifted the embargo on Garda recruitment and 1,800 new gardai have graduated since 2017.
“There are more gardai trained to be on the beat now than there have been in years, so Roscommon and Galway need to have resources deployed. With the new model of divisional policing which was rolled out late last year, there should be more gardai available to work in communities, not involved in paperwork.
“I want to make sure that these gardai come to Roscommon and Ballinasloe and other areas where there have been rural burglaries and in local communities to give elderly people peace of mind.”
Dangerous junction at Cloughanover needs to be made safe - Canney
Galway East TD and Minister for Rural Affairs Seán Canney has written to Galway County Council to highlight a dangerous junction at Cloughanover on the N84 between Galway and Headford.
Minister Canney said The right turn, which is the main access to Cloughanover National School, is very dangerous.
“I am requesting Galway County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland install a lane to ensure safety for cars turning right in both directions.
“We need a refuge in the centre of the road to protect cars turning right because it is a very busy junction on a very busy road. We need to deal with this issue urgently and find a solution before a serious accident happens,” he said.
Celebrate the Year of the Rat
This week marks the start of the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Rat — and the Galway’s Chinese community will celebrate with a Gala concert and performances to which the public is invited.
The celebrations will feature performances of traditional Chinese music, songs and dances and there will be a raffle in aid of COPE Galway and CROI Galway.
The show takes place in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway, this Saturday January 25 from 3.30pm to 6pm. Admission is free for this family event and all are welcome. Doors are open at 3pm. Places are limited and seats are allocated on a first come first serve basis.
This event is being co-organised by Confucius Institute of Chinese and Regenerative Medicine at NUI Galway together with the Irish Chinese Society Galway and the NUI Galway Chinese Society.