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Submissions sought for activities in city ‘unused jewel’

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Community groups, clubs and members of the public have been asked to submit ideas for recreational activities in the Claddagh Basin, which has been described as an “unused jewel in the heart of the city”.

Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees – which is in charge of the Claddagh Basin – is seeking expressions of interest for water-related recreation and amenity activities.

Trustees Director, Padraig Conneely, told the Galway City Tribune: “We’ve been pushing for a long time to have this fabulous amenity opened up for use, so we’re putting it in the public domain to see what ideas come back.

“It’s a very enclosed and safe piece of infrastructure and an unused jewel in the heart of the city. It’s in the most visited tourist area in the city, beside Spanish Arch, the Claddagh and the river walkway.

“It would be great to see it used for activities, tourist promotions and exhibitions for the likes of Galway hookers. It could also be used for promotions by companies, although an application would need to be made to the Trustees, to ensure it’s not commercialised or distasteful.

“Kayaking, water polo, water safety training; there are a whole series of uses which could be looked at.

“I’m sure there are innovative people and companies with ideas, so let them bring them forward, we won’t rule anything in or out yet. Let the expressions of interest come in and we’ll look at everything,” said Cllr Conneely.

The Trustees have ownership of the Claddagh Basin, while funding for maintenance and other work is provided by Galway’s two local authorities and Mayo County Council, as it is part of the Corrib network.

The Basin measures 143 metres long by 52m wide and provides “a substantial area of safe waters for water-based recreation and amenity activities”.

The formal notice for expressions of interest reads: “In the past Galway City has attracted very high-profile events like the Volvo Ocean Race has a long history of water-based activities associated with the Claddagh, fishing, sailing, kayaking, etc.

“In recent years, water polo events have taken place in the Claddagh Basin during the summer months and there may be other water-related activities that could be carried on for short durations at various times of the year.

“In this regard, the Lough Corrib Navigation Trustees are seeking expressions of interest from community groups, clubs, organisations, companies, commercial entities that may be interested in and managing not-for-profit activities in the Claddagh Basin. Subject to approval, there would be no charge, however any parties will be responsible for Health and Safety and will need to provide appropriate insurances to indemnify the Trustees.”

The closing date for submissions to the Trustees, care of City Hall, is Friday, May 25.

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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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