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Crowe takes defeat on the chin – now for the real battle

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 Michael Crowe might have lost the fight in the ring at a charity boxing event on Friday but the former Mayor of Galway is probably now the fittest candidate coming into the battle for council seats.

 Cllr Crowe was the only public representative to take part in the Galway Big Heart Fight Night white collar boxing event in the Radisson Blu Hotel.

The event raised about €30,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation and every cent of that will be spent on services and support in the  Galway/Mayo region, according to the IHF Regional Manager, Toni Burke.

Michael was philosophical after the fight, saying his opponent, a man he knew when he was a boy, was the deserving winner on the night.

“I learned a lot over the training of the past two months. I wasn’t afraid of the training having been a rower but I knew nothing about boxing. But I have now developed a healthy respect for the sport as there’s more to it than how hard and how often you punch.

“It’s as much about strategy as it is about using your fists,” said the Fianna Fáil, who fighting name on the night was The Whistleblower. His opponent was Kenneth ‘Beef Cake’ Folman.

Like the other fighters, Michael trained under Pete Foley who runs the Black Dragon Kickboxing Gym on the Tuam Road.

“It’s been an interesting two months and I admire Pete for being able to train some of us to get into better shape. We can do a lot more sit-ups now than we did when we started . . .  and it’s all for a good cause, as heart disease is one of the biggest killer diseases in Ireland,” he said.

He said the three bouts of one and a half minutes each seemed a lot longer when he was in the ring. He said he was only getting into his stride when the fight was over.

“There were a few bloody noses and black eyes – badges of honour says Pete – but neither me nor Kenneth got injured.

“Raising funds is the key part of the event and hopefully, it will also raise awareness,” he added.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

 

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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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