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Galway on warpath over the cancellation of minor grades

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Galway minor camogie team captain Alannah Kelly, who is disappointed to be 'stripped of the chance' to complete their championship campaign.

IF one was to measure the levels of anger and disappointment at the cancellation of the All-Ireland minor championships in camogie and ladies football on the Richter Scale, the results would be seismic.

The proclamations from the respective governing bodies that these competitions would not be concluded in 2020, due to the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic, sent shockwaves through the participating counties, particularly as competitions in other grades were allowed to commence or continue.

In camogie, the primary reason given for not completing the All-Ireland series – and this may also be the case in ladies football – is that many counties adult teams may not be able to field without a selection of their minors if these players were tied up with their underage sides during the crossover of games in a tight inter-county window.

However, Galway minor camogie manager Caroline Murray believes this does not have as big an impact on the Division 1 counties – more so, it’s the lower tier counties affected – and the Camogie Association should have not adopted the one size fits all approach.

“I am not sure if they consulted with many counties but they took it that some counties rely on their minors for their adult teams and that they wouldn’t have teams in the adult competitions if they ran adult and minor at the same time,” says Murray, who guided the Tribeswomen to an opening round victory over Offaly in March before sport was shut down.

“But, that is definitely not the case for the Division 1 teams. They could easily run it the way it was and look at a different format for the Division 2, 3 and 4 teams – maybe run those over two weekends or a blitz format. I even think our own girls might not mind what sort of format it is as long as they got some format at this stage.”

Since the announcement of the cancellation of minor competitions in June, an online petition has been set up seeking the restoration of these championships, with almost 5,000 names signed up as of yesterday morning (Wednesday).

It is understood several county board have also made representations to Croke Park on this matter. Indeed, one county board is rumoured to be considering taking the matter to the DRA (Disputes Resolution Authority) – if it has not already done so.

For more, read this week’s Connacht 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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