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Chance for Tribeswomen to turn the tables on the Cats

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Galway’s Niamh Kilkenny who will be vital to their hopes of toppling Kilkenny in Sunday's National Camogie League Final at Croke Park.

GALWAY will look to secure their first National League Division 1 camogie title since 2015 when they take on a Kilkenny outfit chasing a four-in-a-row in the decider at Croke Park on Sunday. Throw-in 12 noon.

With the hurling and football Division 1 National League finals taking place at the same venue later in the afternoon, the inclusion of the camogie showpiece has been welcomed by Galway manager Cathal Murray. He saw this as a great opportunity for the Tribeswomen to showcase their talent.

“It is great to be in Croke Park, in fairness,” he said. “For these girls to get the chance to play in it is great. Not only that, we haven’t got to a league final since 2016 (lost to Kilkenny) and it is great to be able to play these games late in the competition because we have a big break from now until the championship. It is another eight weeks until we play Kilkenny in the championship again.”

It is somewhat fitting that the two teams unbeaten in Division 1 of the camogie league will contest the final. For Galway’s part, they opened up their campaign with wins over Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford before drawing with Cork, 2-7 to 0-13, in their final group outing. Noreen Coen and Carrie Dolan provided the goals to ensure Galway topped the group on scoring difference.

In the semi-final, they faced Limerick, who in their previous outing had run Kilkenny to just a point. However, the Treaty County proved no match for Galway on the day, Murray’s charges running out emphatic 2-14 to 0-4 winners. On this occasion, it was Niamh Hanniffy and Ailish O’Reilly who tallied the majors.

“We played very well but Limerick didn’t show up at all,” said Murray. “They were very, very poor. We had been expecting a big challenge from them. So, it is hard to know from that game. Look, it was nice to win it like that but, yes, you would rather have got a bigger test. I suppose, though, we had already got that against Cork two weeks before.”

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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