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New powerlines may have to be dug up for outer bypass

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There are concerns new power line cables and poles that were installed in Bearna this week will have to be dug up again in a few years because they are located along the footprint of a proposed new road.

Locals are shocked that ESB powerlines have been put-in on Tuesday of this week along the path of the proposed Galway City Ring Road, commonly referred to as the new bypass.

A handful of poles, and cables, have been connected to a new dwelling house that has just been built where the townlands of Clochscoilte and Truskey West meet along the Bearna to Moycullen Road.

It is understood the poles and cables are within the footprint of the new ring road, and traverse a proposed new roundabout.

“How can you be allowed to put in poles and cables along the route of the proposed road, and where the new roundabout is supposed to be going,” asked one resident.

“The route of the new road has been known for some time now and residents have been informed of the buffer zone. It doesn’t make sense that there is a freeze on land within this buffer zone, and yet just this week they were laying cables and erecting ESB poles. They’ve laid them where the new road and new roundabout is going to be.

“It would make a lot more sense to put these cables and poles outside of the buffer zone, and away from the planned road. What will end up happening is we’ll have to pay for this on the double – somebody is going to have to pay for the cables and poles to be put-in again, somewhere else, when the new road is in, and will they have to pay compensation as well?”

Arup, the consultancy working on the road project on behalf of the lead-agent, Galway County Council, has been made aware of the concerns.

In response to queries from the Galway City Tribune, Arup indicated that there is no ‘blanket restriction’ on development within the buffer zone.

For the rest of this story, see this week’s Galway City 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.
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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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