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

CITY TRIBUNE

Parking ‘free for all’ in Galway City as meters are out of order

Published

on

It is now ‘open season’ for motorists in Galway City who are ‘free to park for free almost wherever they like’, a city councillor has claimed.

Labour’s Billy Cameron says the city’s largest local authority car park at the Dyke Road has been a ‘free for all’ car park for the past two weeks at least because parking meters are out of order.

Cllr Cameron – who has inside information – says the Dyke Road is a ‘cash cow’ for the Council with 540 spaces, each commanding a charge of €4 per day.

He fears the local authority could be losing more than €2,000 every day the Dyke Road meters are out of action.

“It’s not only the Dyke Road. All of the parking meters in Newcastle are out of order, including University Road, Ashgrove, Newcastle Park, and right up as far as the hospital. All of the Claddagh, except for Claddagh Quay, are out, and so too is Nuns’ Island, and elsewhere in the city.

“The City Council is haemorrhaging money because the parking meters are out of order and soon the entire city will be one big free car park, if this is allowed to continue,” said Cllr Cameron.

A spokesperson for the Council acknowledged there was a “problem” with parking meters at the Dyke Road. He said, however, that there are “one or two” meters back operational at the Dyke Road for people to pay their daily parking charges.

The spokesperson confirmed meters are out of action in some residential areas.

Meanwhile, the issue was raised in Seanad Éireann this week by Sinn Féin’s Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

During the Order of Business on Wednesday, the Galway senator again highlighted alleged “irregularities” in relation to Pay and Display parking meters.

The Galway City Tribune in January reported that a Council employee had been suspended pending an investigation.
For the rest of this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. Buy a digital edition of this week’s paper here, or download the app for Android or iPhone.

CITY TRIBUNE

Elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues

Published

on

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.

Continue Reading

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

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending