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First steps taken in plan to overhaul Galway City’s pedestrianised zone

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Galway City Tribune – The first step in a long-awaited plan to overhaul the pedestrianised thoroughfare through the city has begun.

Irish Water has started to mark out manholes on the sewer ahead of calling for contractors to tender for a major rehabilitation of the pipe network.

The company plans to benefit from new techniques which will allow the overhaul of the vital sewerage system to be carried out without ripping up the entire city centre spine.

Eunan Canavan, Irish Water’s Capital Delivery Regional Lead North West, told the Galway City Tribune that the utility hopes the project will begin mid-way through the year.

“Irish Water is currently tendering a contract for rehabilitation works to the existing culvert sewer on William St, Shop St, High St, from Eglinton St (Brown Thomas corner) to Cross St, and also a section on St Augustine St and Flood St,” he stated.

“We will be using non-dig rehabilitation technology on the project to ensure minimum disruption to businesses and shoppers.

Mr Canavan said the digging at the manholes will be limited, making them just wide enough to improve access.

“It’s technology that used in these sorts of situations where it’s highly impractical to do widescale digging. I’m from Galway myself and wouldn’t like to be associated with something where the whole of Shop Street would be dug up.”

The work will be done on a phased basis – most likely outside of key tourist periods during the summer and Christmas – and will take between 12 and 18 months to complete.

The city’s Chief Executive Brendan McGrath has previously stated that all of the other services beneath the surface – sewer and water connections to premises, telecommunications connections, underground ESB supplies – all need to be done ahead of replacing the cobblestones.

He has highlighted the street resurfacing well in advance of 2020 European Capital of Culture as a priority.
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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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