The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has said he is concerned about an increase in the number of assaults causing harm in the city this year.

Figures presented to the local Joint Policing Committee today showed a 31% rise in the number of reported cases, to the end of the November, compared with the same period in 2021.

A total of 128 assaults causing harm were investigated by gardaí in the first eleven months of the year, up from 98 for the comparable timeframe last year.

Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche told the meeting that any offences of this nature were being fully investigated, in an effort to ensure prosecutions followed.

He said that while some victims did not always report attacks to gardaí, other methods, such as CCTV footage or evidence gathered by members of the force, would be used to bring perpetrators to justice.

The meeting heard that Galway gardaí are endeavoring to have as many "foot beats" as possible on the streets of the city.

Chief Supt Roche said high-visibility patrolling was part of the effort to try and prevent such assaults.

Operational data was presented to the meeting, showing policing activity across a range of headings for the year to date.

Members heard there had been an increase in the number of domestic disputes that gardaí were called to in the city, while the incidence of fraud is down compared to 2021.

Meanwhile, at least a fifth of all detections (26 out of 126) for intoxicated driving so far this year, relate to the presence of drugs other than alcohol.