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Parents at city primary school asked to pay teacher’s wages

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Galway City Tribune – The parents of children at a city primary school have blasted as “absolutely ridiculous” the suggestion that they each should pay €550 to fund an extra teacher.

There was shock and outrage from parents of fifth and sixth class students at Scoil Bhríde in Menlo as it became apparent these classes would be amalgamated next term – resulting in 41 pupils having just one teacher between them.

And to the dismay of their parents, the school only informed them of the move two days before the school term ended in June.

One such parent is Keith Forde, who says the school would have known they were a teacher short as early as last September.

“The letter came home in the kid’s school bags two days before they finished up for the summer and it wasn’t even signed,” said Keith.

“We’ve actually been talking to other school principals and what they’ve been saying is they probably would have known about this as far back as September.”

In a meeting with the Board of Management, it was suggested it might be possible to appoint a teacher if parents were to cough up an extra €550.

“As a group, we thought that was absolutely ridiculous and it was shot down straight away; they were basically saying we would to have to employ a teacher ourselves.

“It was a proposal that wasn’t a proposal; they wrote it down on a piece of paper but the class representatives couldn’t bring it with them or couldn’t take a picture of it – you couldn’t make this stuff up,” said Keith.

A spokesperson for the Department of Education and Skills confirmed that staffing levels are based on pupil enrolments on September 30 of the previous year.

“The school did not submit an appeal for the March or May meetings of the primary staffing appeals board. The next meeting of the staffing appeals board will be held in October 2018,” the spokesperson stated.
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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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