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Delay in rolling out rent controls in Galway slammed as ‘clumsy’

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The delay in rolling out the new rent control legislation measures for cities like Galway could end up ‘severely worsening’ the situation for many tenants, a city councillor has warned.

Labour councillor, Niall McNelis, said that while the speedy implementation of legislation for Dublin and Cork ‘made sense’ for those places, it made none at all to leave Galway out of the equation.

He said that landlords in Galway had now been ‘tipped off’ that they had a three to four-month window to ‘up their rents’ before being caught by legislation.

However this assertion has been disputed by West Galway Fine Gael TD and Minister of Sate, Sean Kyne, who said that the two year rental freeze – put in place by the previous FG/Labour Governemnt – still remained in force.

According to Cllr. McNelis, the new legislation should have encompassed all the rent pressure zones across the country, including Galway, ‘in the one sweep’.

“It really is very clumsy and unfair to bring this in for Dublin and Cork and to leave out the other major population centres in the country.

“Every dog in the street knows that there are pressures on rents here in Galway with its burgeoning student population and the number of young families seeking a place to live.

“I really don’t think that it should have been beyond the competence of the Minister to ensure, that when the legislation is introduced, that it will include all the rent pressure zones at the one time,” said Cllr. McNelis.

According to West Galway Fine Gael TD and Minister of State, Sean Kyne, he wants work to ‘start immediately’ on the designation of Galway as a Rent Pressure Zone.

For the rest of this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.

It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.

General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.

She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.

Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.

Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.

She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.

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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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