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Inaugural Fever Pitch to get Galway rocking

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Rudimental, whose single These Days is riding high in the charts, will be the headline act on Saturday.

Rudimental and UB40 will headline the inaugural two-day Fever Pitch Music Festival, taking place in Galway Airport this Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.

There will be two stages packed with music, as well a food village, comedy tent and silent disco. Fever Pitch will run from 2pm-11pm each day, with full bar facilities onsite.

Saturday’s music is aimed at a younger age group with DJs and singers dominating. On Sunday, the emphasis on bands as the organisers appeal to a slightly older audience.

Rudimental are the top act for Saturday’s bill and are the biggest name on the ticket.

“We booked Rudimental at the right time as they were Number One on the charts last week with These Days, ahead of the likes of Drake, Eminem and Ed Sheeran,” says Patrick Drayne of PFD Promotions, which is organising the event.  “This isn’t the first time they have topped the charts they also hit Number One with Feel the Love and Waiting all Night.”

Another big act on Saturday is Example, who have had UK Number Ones with Changed the Way you Kiss Me and Stay Awake. Example collaborate regularly with Calvin Harris and played before him at Oxegen. Chasing Abbey, who are also on the bill, won the RTÉ Choice Music Song of the year with That Good Thing and are one of Ireland’s most exciting bands. Sean and Conor Price who just finished an arena tour with X Factor and sold out Vicar Street in 15 minutes last week, also feature. Other international acts include Ejeca, Dense & Pika, Brame & Hamo and Boots & Kats, while excellent national acts such as Jordan, Kormac, Le Boom, Bedlam DJs, Refuge and BPM DJs complete Saturday’s line-up.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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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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