Former mayor alerts Gardai to brothel near City Hall

NewsBy Jim Gallagher
Brothel was based in a mature estate
Brothel was based in a mature estate

A former Galway mayor has alerted Gardaí to a brothel operating near City Hall.

Councillor Padraig Conneely said the brothel was in a mature estate close to the offices of Galway City Council.

He expressed concerns that some of the women who worked there may have been trafficked.

Speaking at a joint policing committee meeting, the Fine Gael politician said: “There is an increase in the number of brothels in the city. I’ve raised this matter before. 

“I’m aware of another brothel in the city, close to here. It’s in an elderly residential estate. It is disturbing for the elderly residents living in that old estate.”

Chief Superintendent Tom Curley asked him to supply any information he had about the brothel after the meeting.

Cllr Conneely has told previous meetings that the city brothels were raking in over €1,700 an afternoon.

He said of one: “Over a four-hour period there were 17 entries into the apartment, and on average each of them spent about €100, that’s a total of about €1,700 in four hours. 

“That’s not a bad business – that’s not a bad enterprise,” he said