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Furlong is on target again as Galway Utd move to the top

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Galway United's Danny Furlong who maintained his great goal-scoring form in their 3-1 First Division victory over Cabinteely at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night.

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GALWAY United once again had hot-shot Danny Furlong to thank on Friday night, the striker hitting his 5th and 6th goals in just three games for his new side as the Tribesmen moved top of the First Division table.

Furlong scored a hat-trick on his debut against Athlone; found the net in the 1-1 draw against UCD last week; and on Friday night he scored either side of a Conor Barry strike to show just how valuable he will be to United’s promotion push this season.

Cabinteely were the better side in the early stages, and a decent spell of pressure saw them force three corners in as many minutes, but the United goal was never threatened.

Furlong and Maurice Nugent both went close in what was a poor first half before Furlong broke the deadlock three minutes from the break. Conor Barry emerged from a 50/50 challenge with possession midway inside the Cabinteely half, and he looked up to spot Furlong on his left. He threaded a ball into his path, and Furlong ran into the box before firing under the advancing Stephen McGuinness.

The second-half started in the same scrappy fashion – Cabinteely were there to be put away, but United moved neither the ball, nor themselves, half quick enough as they often took too much out of the ball when simple first-time passes were available to carve the visitors open.

They did finally pick up the tempo on the hour mark, and with it, their second goal. Cabinteely had their first effort on target but Kevin Knight’s weak header was straight at Tadhg Ryan, and when United cleared their lines, the ball fell to Barry on the edge of the box and he curled a beauty into the far top corner.

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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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