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Galway 2020 board member’s censure over ‘free wine’ barb

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Fine Gael Galway City Councillor Pádraig Conneely, pictured here proudly displaying a Galway 2020 badge on his suit jacket, was wrongly accused of indulging in the plentiful free wine that was on offer at the recent Pálás cinema opening reception

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column 

As if Galway 2020 hasn’t enough on its plate, what with RTÉ Prime Time on the case and all that that brings with it, its board has another issue to contend with: a former mayor taking umbrage at “insulting” remarks.

A birdie close to the Board of Galway 2020 tells us that Fine Gael City councillor Pádraig Conneely has lodged a complaint to City Hall about a rude remark made to him at the recent official opening of Pálás, the city’s arthouse cinema.

The bould Pádraig, Chairperson of the City Council’s Cultural Strategic Policy Committee (SPC), was invited to the opening, as was every other elected member of the local authority.

While milling round at the Pálás, Pádraig was evidently minding his own business, when he was confronted by a board member of Galway 2020.

It is alleged that the board member accused Pádraig of being “against” the Pálás Cinema and suggested that the only reason he was there at the official opening was for the “free wine”, which, by all accounts, was flowing at Celtic Tiger levels of profligacy.

Not to Pádraig, however; he was slurping tea, not wine.

But Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, has apparently been called on to put a bit of ‘smacht’ on his loose-tongued fellow Galway 2020 board member who directed the barb at Pádraig.

Brendan could also set the record straight: any fool knows that at these city launches our councillors are more interested in free food, not cheap plonk!

The cat caught 2020’s tongue!

Councillor Conneely put the cat among the pigeons last Friday, when, in a letter to Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath, he said Galway 2020 CEO Hannah Kiely should review her position. He also said he had “serious concerns” about Dr Aideen McGinley remaining on as chairperson of the board of Galway 2020.

Cllr Conneely’s commentary was among the items up for discussion at the board meeting of Galway 2020 last Friday, which lasted for around six hours. No doubt his ears were burning throughout . . .

For more Bradley Bytes, 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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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