Gardai facing a huge challenge in dealing with the problems of illegal drugs across the county. – Connacht Tribune Group

Galway Bay FM Newsroom – This week’s meeting of the County Galway joint Policing Committee was told that Gardai are facing a huge challenge in dealing with the problems of illegal drugs across the county.
The amounts seized are only a fraction of the supplies of illegal drugs in Galway according to the Chief Superintendent for the county
Only about 10% of the illegal drugs that in circulation in county Galway are being seized according to Chief Superintendent Tom Curley.
Chief Superintendent Curley gave a stark account of the problems facing Gardai in dealing with the drugs issue across the county at this week’s meeting of the county policing committee.
He was responding to Daithi O’Culain from Connemara who said that there were reports now that rural parishes were awash with illegal drugs.
 Chief Superintendent Curley stated that he has sought expressions of interest from members of the Gardai who would be willing to become members of the drugs unit and he said he hoped to increase the strength of the unit in the coming weeks.
Chief Superintendent Curley said that a big demand is driving the drugs problem and that reducing that demand is not primarily a matter for an Garda Siochana.
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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:
A Galway doctor says General Practice has become a less attractive career prospect due to increased demands on doctors.
It’s claimed current vacancies and upcoming retirements need to be addressed.
The Irish College of General Practitioners is warning 2,000 doctors need to be recruited to cover current shortages and those due to retire.
Galway city GP Dr Brian Higgins says doctors need to look after their own well being, in order to deal with the extra pressures.
From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:
It’s claimed that Galway farmers are losing out on significant funding due to inflexabilility from the Department of Agriculture over simple human errors on application forms.
Deputy Sean Canney says these errors should be picked up and rectified during the appeals process.
He cited an example of farmers who fail to tick an Area of Natural Constraint box on a Basic Payment Scheme application.
Deputy Canney argues many farmers are not computer literate and there needs to be be greater flexibility and human support from the Department.
In response to the claims, Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue said he would look at the issue again.
From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:
A motion to revoke plans for a controversial temporary cycleway in Salthill will be debated at this afternoon’s meeting of Galway City Council.
Councillors are set to receive a report regarding the feedback received following a recent public consultation on two proposed routes, which drew over 7,000 responses.
Last September councillors voted 17 to 1 in favour of temporary segregated cycling infrastructure along the promenade in Salthill.
A number of councillors have since reversed their earlier position, amid concerns over the impact on local businesses and traffic flow, as well as emergency services.
Councillor Peter Keane’s motion at today’s council meeting to revoke the cycleway is supported by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, Labour and a number of Independents.
Councillor Keane says what’s proposed in the trial cycleway won’t work across the board while cycling campaigner Martina Callinan is urging councillors to allow tweaks to be made to the proposed route options.
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