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No end in sight for Galway City bus service crux

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The suspension of bus routes that serve up to 30,000 people on the western side of the city looks set to continue, with National Transport Authority (NTA) licences ‘pulled’ while discussions around financing are ongoing.

City Direct, the private operator which runs bus services on four routes to the city centre from Barna, Cappagh Road, the Western Distributor Road and Westside, is engaged in discussions with the NTA about keeping the routes financially viable while adhering to Covid-19-related restrictions.

General Manager of City Direct, Gerard Bartley, told the Galway City Tribune that everything remained “up in the air” while those negotiations were in progress, and while it had been their hope to recommence services by the end of July, this had not happened.

He said their objective now was to ensure they were operational before schools return in September, but nothing is certain.

“The only services we’re operating at the moment is the Park and Ride between UHG and Merlin Park hospitals because that’s a private contract with the HSE,” said Mr Bartley.

The four routes operated by City Direct do not fall under the Public Service Obligation (PSO) – which would be subvented by the State in recognition of their necessity – and so they need to be profitable in order to keep them going, continued Mr Bartley.

“Everything is just uncertain – we’re uncertain as to when we can come back and uncertain about what sort of service we can operate when we do come back.

“It’s very frustrating for our staff too – we’ve had to lay off over 20 people and obviously they’re anxious to get back,” he explained.

Meanwhile, privately-operated intercity buses have also been out of action since the outbreak of Covid-19.

Jim Burke of GoBus told the Galway City Tribune that they were working with the Department of Transport and the NTA to find a solution, but due to the decrease in capacity as a result of social distancing and up to 50% of GoBus routes serving Dublin Airport, it was a particularly difficult task to get back in operation.
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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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