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Away day woes continue as Utd lose on road again

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Gary Shanahan pulled a goal back for United, and also had a goal disallowed, against Derry City on Friday.

Derry City 2

 Galway United 1

A third successive defeat in the league for Galway United leaves Shane Keegan’s side bottom of the pile as the league enters its mini mid-season break.

While many fans have lauded the side for aspects of their play this season; and Keegan often says after games that apart from the concession of goals, he was happy with his side’s performance, the reality is United are heading for relegation unless they turn things around in a big way when the season resumes next week with a trip to the Showgrounds.

Friday night’s game was a snapshot of the season as a whole: they conceded first for the 15th time in 17 games; fell further behind with the concession of a second; they got themselves back into the game with a goal of their own; were denied an equaliser when hitting the woodwork; but they were only spared a heavier defeat as Derry also hit the post, while also had a shot taken off the line.

The stark facts are that United have won just twice in the league this season; they have kept just one clean sheet in 17 games; and Friday’s failure was yet another catalogue of woe on the road for United, who have not won away from home in more than a year, May 2016 to be exact.

They were the first side to have the ball in the net on Friday night, only to have Gary Shanahan’s strike ruled out for offside: within five minutes, Derry had scored twice, and it was enough to extend the Candystripes’ unbeaten run to 10 games.

United thought they had got off to the perfect start in the fourth minute from a set-piece. Kevin Devaney floated in a free-kick from the left, which was only half-cleared by the City defence as far as Shanahan.

He hit it first-time, a clean strike that flew goalwards before taking a wicked deflection off Marc Ludden to whizz past Ger Doherty. Shanahan peeled away to celebrate, but Ludden was in an offside position when the ball hit him, and the assistant official correctly raised his flag.

Within 60 seconds, the home side had hit the front from a set-piece of their own. Josh Daniels went down under the minimal of contact from Ludden 20 yards out as he raced onto a through-ball from Ronan Curtis, and Curtis side-footed the ball over the wall and inside the post, with Conor Winn left rooted to the spot.

The goal rocked United, and they fell further behind in the 9th minute with a goal that United’s defence should have prevented. Jarvis played a nothing-ball out of defence towards Barry McNamee, but he somehow managed to roll Stephen Folan and clip a ball into the box.

Lee Grace was back on his heels, allowing Nathan Boyle to nip in front of him and send a glancing header across Winn and inside the far post for a two-goal cushion.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
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Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
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Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
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