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Bus service for Park & Ride is slashed by almost half

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Bus timetables for the struggling Park and Ride from Galway Airport have been slashed by almost half, as the service continues to make huge losses.

In its first six weeks of operation, the service had 50 daily bus (25 each way) – as of this week, that has been cut to just 28, a drop of 44%.

A fortnight ago, our sister newspaper the Galway City Tribune revealed the service – which is part-funded by the City Council – was losing more than €4,000 per week since its launch.

Michael Coyle, Chief Executive of Galway Chamber (the majority shareholder of Galway Airport) said the new ‘summer schedule’ was being introduced following consultation with bus operator Farrell Travel.

“What we are asking people to do here is change the habits of a lifetime. There is no doubt that a Park and Ride service is the way to go to ease city traffic and parking issues in the city. However, it is difficult to get people to change their travel pattern.

“Uptake on the service has been lower than anticipated and because of this we’d like to encourage commuters and shoppers to benefit from the time and cost savings made possible by the service.

“The feedback from users is excellent. The cost of the service is €2 per day bus fare, each way i.e. €4 return fare with family fares and weekly tickets available,” said Mr Coyle.

The revised timetable operates Monday to Friday between 7.40am to 6.30 pm, with a greater frequency prior to 9am and after 4pm. The last service each day will leave the city centre at 6.30pm.

“As a pilot project, the Park and Ride initiative is constantly being monitored and reviewed. We will continue to work with Farrell Travel, the County and City Councils and the NTA to provide the best service in the most cost effective way possible,” said Mr Coyle.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

CITY TRIBUNE

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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CITY TRIBUNE

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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