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No room at County Hall inn for homeless or Councillors!

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Bradley Bytes – a sort of political column by Dara Bradley

There was justified outcry on social media this past week, after fencing was erected at Galway County Council’s headquarters on Prospect Hill. The metal hoarding blocked off a sheltered area outside the building at County Hall that was used by rough sleepers to shelter from the wind and rain.

The message to the homeless was clear: there’s ‘no room at the inn’ for sleeping rough outside County Galway’s centre of local government and administration.

A sign erected on December 6 suggested that sleeping bags and other bits and bobs, belonging to whoever was unfortunate enough to have to sleep out at the side of the building, were confiscated. The items could be retrieved “by appointment”, the sign added.

Welcome to Galway at Christmas in 2018, where the State builds fences – and not houses – as security, and to deter rough sleepers.

Meanwhile, despite millions of euro being spent years ago on the redevelopment of County Hall, the building could not accommodate a meeting of Ballinasloe Municipal Council earlier this week – because there was no room available.

The Ballinasloe meeting is normally attended by six elected representatives, four Council officials, and two members of the press, yet it could not be accommodated in the main building. That’s because the main Council chamber (which underwent an expensive revamp, too) was set up for a full County Council budget meeting that was scheduled later in the day; while two rooms off the chamber were booked by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael respectively for pre-budget discussions.

And there was no other room in the entire building to accommodate the Ballinasloe meeting. It was held instead in the adjacent Western Hotel. No such comfort for rough sleepers.

*This is a preview only. For more Bradley Bytes, including Fianna Fáil’s amalgamation woes, and a Stroke of luck for FF, 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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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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.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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