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Man assaulted partner because his dinner wasn’t ready

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The days when a man came home expecting to have his dinner on the table were long gone in Ireland, Galway District Court was told.

Judge Mary Fahy made the comment after hearing evidence in the case of a man who broke a safety order and assaulted his wife when he came home drunk to find his dinner wasn’t ready.

Sergiu Perciun of Meadow Grove, Ballybane pleaded guilty to being in breach of the safety order and to assaulting his now ex-partner at that address on April 10 last year.

Another assault on a minor was withdrawn after the injured party told Gardaí she didn’t want to pursue the matter.

The Court heard evidence that the 40-year-old Moldovan national had come home drunk and abusive when his dinner wasn’t on the table. As he threw his arms in the air to make his point, he hit his partner in the face.

The Court heard Perciun was deeply remorseful and accepted that he had consumed too much alcohol on the day.

His ex-partner gave evidence that the marriage had broken down and that he was no longer living at home. Through her daughter, acting as interpreter, she said she had been in a bad mood that day when she called the Gardaí. She didn’t wish him to be sent to prison, but she didn’t want him coming to her house.

Judge Fahy said she wasn’t surprised the marriage had failed as “the days are long gone when a man can come home demanding his dinner – even for a sober man, it was never acceptable.”

In defence, it was heard that he didn’t drink anymore. When Judge Fahy heard he was earning €600 a week, she expressed surprise that another Judge had granted him free legal aid and reminded him that he would indeed be paying his own legal fees as his income put him over the threshold to be eligible for it.

Judge Fahy imposed a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years on his own bond of €300 on condition that he be of good behaviour and stay away from the complainant and her property.

She warned him that being in breach of a safety order was a serious issue as it was a breach of a court order. Judge Fahy imposed a concurrent two-month prison sentence for the assault, also suspended for two years.

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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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