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Late-goal heartbreak for Tribeswomen in semi-final

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Galway's Sinéad Burke looks to get past the challenge of Dublin's Sinéad Aherne in Kinnegad on Sunday. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile.

Dublin   2-8

Galway   2-7

Finding positives from Sunday’s heart-breaking loss in the Ladies National Football League semi-final will be difficult for Galway, but they finished their Spring programme with plenty to encourage them ahead of the Connacht Final in June.

It could, and should, have been better as the determined Tribeswomen held firm against the All-Ireland champions in Coralstown GAA Club before substitute Nicole Owens eventually broke through in the final minute.

Galway led 2-5 to 1-4 at half-time thanks to goals from Leanne Coen and Mairead Seoighe, and looked to strengthen their position as Coen and Tracey Leonard added points to make it 2-7 to 1-5.

But a strong gale on an otherwise sunny Sunday meant it was backs-to-the-wall for Galway in the second-half, though they will be disappointed they went scoreless for the last 25 minutes.

The talk beforehand was about the need for a good start and being competitive, and Stephen Glennon’s charges delivered. The Galway manager shuffled his deck, bringing Nicola Ward back to follow the movements of Dublin’s lethal attacker Noelle Healy.

But that didn’t stop the Kilkerrin/Clonberne defender from her trademark blitzing runs, and a speedy link-up with the returning Caitriona Cormican yielded dividends.  Leonard and Seoighe were also involved before Coen finished to the net and Galway’s purpose was revealed.

They had the wind and a Leonard free made it 1-1 to 0-0 on four minutes but keeping Dublin at bay was also going to be as important.

Mick Bohan’s team unlocked the opposing rearguard through Healy and Sinead Aherne only for Dearbhla Gower to produce an important stop. The Corofin ’keeper denied Aherne again later, but the St Sylvesters’ corner-forward did open the Dublin account with a placed ball on eight minutes. Little things are always a big factor in a match of this magnitude and the umpires didn’t show any degree of confidence in awarding Dublin’s opening point.

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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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