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New Galway busking bylaw to prohibit ‘circle acts’ in city

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New bylaws to tone down busking in the city and to ban ‘circle acts’ will go before Galway City Council at their next meeting on June 19.

This follows a campaign that started in May 2011 when issues of amplification and public obstruction were raised by local business people and councillors.

New draft bylaws were approved by the Strategic Policy Committee for Environment, Recreation and Amenity this week and will now be sent to seek approval of the full Council.

Stopping short of an outright ban on amplification, the laws allow for the use of a small amplifier with a maximum power of 50 watts and measuring no more than 415mm x 295mm x 250mm.

This equipment must be battery operated and it is believed, following a study carried out by amplification expert, Diarmuid Keaney, that the sound will carry no more than 35 metres from the location of the busker.

Chair of the SPC, Cllr Terry O’Flaherty, said that while she would favour of an outright ban on amplification, this compromise should be trialled over a period of nine months before a review is carried out.

“I am willing to go along with what has been recommended in this draft but I honestly feel that 12 months is too long before there is a review – we should give it up to March next year,” said Cllr O’Flaherty.

An SPC subcommittee was formed last February to examine the failure of the Code of Conduct that had previously been proposed – but got stuck on the City Council agenda for 10 months.

Member of the subcommittee, Cllr Cathal Ó Conchúir, said that the decision not to enforce an outright ban was made to ensure that talented musicians who needed backing tracks were not pushed off the streets.

“I think it would be an awful pity if fine and talented singers wouldn’t be allowed to perform.

“Melbourne had the same problem as Galway and they banned amplification only to bring it back a year later – what made Melbourne was gone – the whole nature of the street was gone,” said Cllr Ó Conchúir.

Other provisions in the law ban ‘circle acts’ performing on the main thoroughfare including Quay Street, High Street, Mainguard Street, Shop Street, Middle Street and Abbeygate Street.

‘Circle Acts’ are defined by the law as street performers that have a routine that requires the reservation of a specific space and require the audience to stop, watch and/or to participate.
For the rest of this story and the SPC discussions, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

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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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