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Rising star McNulty named as divisional award winner

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Rising star, Oran McNulty.

By John Mulligan

An impressive season for Corinthians in the Energia League Division 2B may have gone unfinished but for one player, his contribution was duly recognised on Friday last when Oran McNulty was named as the division’s Rising Star.

When the league was postponed, Corinthians were fourth in the table on 34 points, 11 behind leaders, Malahide, but having played a game less. Their bid for promotion this season has been ended by the coronavirus pandemic, but for McNulty’s efforts have been recognised with the divisional award.

At club level, Corinthians were in contention for promotion to Division 2A under head coach JP Cooney. Wins over Sligo and Greystones and a narrow bonus point loss to Blackrock had them in a very strong position in fourth with two huge games to follow against Wanderers and Belfast Harlequins, as well as having a game in hand.

McNulty had a remarkable season not only for his club, but also for the Irish U-20’s who were on the verge of only a third Grand Slam since the competition was founded as the U-21 Championship in 2004 following wins over Scotland, Wales and England, only for the tournament to be halted cue to Covid-19.

There had been no indication on award winners before the announcement was made and McNulty was delighted when he was named. He was also quick to point out the work that the team had put in all season.

“It’s an absolute privilege to receive this award at my first season at Corinthians. But it doesn’t just reflect on me but how hard the lads have worked this season.

“I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to receive this award if I didn’t have the lads around me pushing for the same goal. I’ve enjoyed the season thoroughly at Corinthians and can’t wait for the preseason and to get going again,” he said.

Internationally, Ireland had just beaten England in the U-20 Six Nations and a win over Italy would have almost certainly set up a Grand Slam decider with France.

While there was initial disappointment with the game being called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, McNulty agreed that it was the right decision.

“Coming off the back of the win over England, we were in a great place table-wise, but performance-wise it felt like we had more to give and Italy was the game to prove it.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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

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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.
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