Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

News

Obama could be set for historic Eyre Square speech

Published

on

Barack Obama’s Irish cousin has predicted that the US President will come to Galway before his term ends to deliver a speech in Eyre Square reminiscent of his hero, John F Kennedy.

Plans for the historic return trip here – this time to mark St Patrick’s Day – are reportedly already being worked on behind the scenes.

Obama’s eighth cousin Henry Healy said the President’s officials told him last March that he was interested in returning before his second term ends in January 2017.

“President Obama’s chief speechwriter Cody Keenan said the President was interested in coming back to Ireland before his Presidency ends. He said part of the plan would be for the President to speak in Galway like his predecessor John F Kennedy did back in 1963.”

Obama has forged a couple of Galway links during his two terms. The White House asked former Menlo resident Billy Lawless to introduce President Obama at a speech to campaign for support for his immigration reforms in November 2014. The Chicago-based businessman, who owns a chain of pubs and restaurants, is a prominent activist for undocumented Irish immigrants.

He was praised by Obama as an example of why immigrants should be helped to legalise their status through his legislation, pointing out that immigrants started a quarter of new businesses.

“Together they [Billy Lawless and his family] have gone from employing 10 workers to employing more than 250 workers and you just heard what Billy said: ‘This is what immigrants do’.”

The Barack Obama Plaza was conceived by Ballinasloe native Pat ‘Supermac’ McDonagh for a junction at Moneygall on the M7, the ancestral home of the President.

When visiting the White House last St Patrick’s day, his cousin, now known as Henry the Eighth, commissioned Galway photographer Martina Regan to create a portrait that captured the equine industry.

For more on this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune

CITY TRIBUNE

Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

Published

on

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.
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.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending