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18th Feb 2015

Calls For Canal CCTV and ‘Suicide Patrols’ To Be Introduced In Galway

The region has been hit by a 'suicide crisis'.

Gardaí have been urged to introduce ‘suicide patrols’ and CCTV along Galway’s canals following an increase in the number of people taking their own lives in the city.

At a meeting of the Joint Policing Committee, local councillor Frank Fahy said that too many young people were being lost to suicide and called for further measures should be introduced, similar to suicide prevention patrols in operation in Limerick.

According to the Galway Independent, it was also suggested that CCTV be introduced at the city’s canals, with Chief Superintendent Tom Curley confirming that gardaí are currently considering a strategy regarding suicide prevention in the city.

Superintendent Gerry Roche from Ballinasloe warned last year that the county is being ravaged by a “suicide crisis”, with five people taking their own lives in one weekend last May.

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