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Tea, biscuits and a warm welcome for Ambassador

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Bradley Bytes – a political column with Dara Bradley 

An extract from the mayoral visitors’ book contains a message from Ambassador of Israel, Ophir Kariv, who said: “Thank you for the warm welcome”.

It was dated February 15, the day of the visit of the ambassador to City Hall; a visit that was not communicated to elected members of Galway City Council, or publicised more widely.

Records released to this newspaper under Freedom of Information (FOI) now shine some light on the visit, which was criticised by councillors for being ‘secret’.

The “courtesy call”, as it was officially called, was instigated by the Israeli Ambassador.

His assistant wrote to the Mayor’s Office on February 4, to say that he was visiting Galway 11 days later, and “would be delighted to have the opportunity to pay a courtesy call to the Mayor of Galway City.”

An official in the Mayor’s Office responded to say that the request was forwarded to Mayor Niall McNelis.

He added that the mayoral diary showed McNelis had appointments in the morning of February 15, but there was a “possibility” of an afternoon appointment. The Ambassador’s office replied to say he’d be glad to meet in the afternoon, and asked for a specific time.

McNelis then told his own office that he was “not available” because he had a NWRA (Northern and Western Regional Assembly) meeting. “Can you ask the deputy mayor to attend,” he asked.

There is no correspondence with Cllr Donal Lyons, but he obviously agreed to deputise and met Mr Ophir on February 15.

The Ambassador’s office didn’t sound too disappointed that McNelis couldn’t attend and reported that Mr Kariv, “would be delighted to meet with the deputy mayor”. She attached a biography of the Ambassador, so that Donal could brush-up for the small talk.

On February 11, the office of Chief Executive, said “it looks like” Brendan McGrath “will not be available” to meet the Ambassador as he was at meetings “right up to 3pm” and another at 3.15pm and 3.30pm. “But you never know, he may pop down if free.”

The Mayor’s Office submitted an order for “tea/coffee/biscuits/water” for four people for the Mayor Room on the day of the visit. No minutes of the meeting were recorded, although photographs of Deputy Mayor and the Ambassador shaking hands, were taken inside City Hall.

The meeting appears to have been nothing more than a photo opportunity – so why the secrecy? And despite the charm offensive, the mayor seconded a motion by Colette Connolly, this week, calling on RTÉ to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest ‘as long as it is held in Israel’.

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Matriarch of Scotty’s Diner donates kidney to her son!

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A well-known family in the Galway restaurant trade have swapped chef whites for hospital gowns after the matriarch donated a kidney to her son.

Jenny and Andrew Ishmael, synonymous with Scotty’s Diner in Cúirt na Coiribe on the Headford Road in Terryland, are recovering in Beaumont Hospital after the marathon live donor operation.

It took place last Monday and staff are so impressed by the quick recovery of mother and son that they could be discharged as early as this weekend.

“It went really well. I’m still a bit sore. We’re still on the mend. It’s working perfectly,” says Andrew from the isolation ward of the hospital’s Kidney Centre.  “My creatine was over 1,000 when I came in and it’s already around 260.

“I felt weak after the surgery, but I could feel that bit of life in me again straight away. It’s amazing how quick it works. Mom wasn’t too great after the surgery – it was her first ever. She was quite sore, a bit iffy, but she’s good now.

“We have rooms back-to-back. We’ve been going for walks, going for breakfast together. It’s nice to spend that time together.”

Andrew – or Drew as he’s known to family and friends –  was diagnosed with kidney disease when he was just 16.

Berger’s Disease occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin builds up in the kidneys and results in inflammation, which over time, can hamper the kidneys’ ability to filter waste from the blood.

He managed the condition well for over a decade without too much impact on his life.

The son of classically trained chefs who studied together at Johnson and Wales College in Rhode Island, he grew up working in his parents’ American-style diner, trading since 1991.
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New River Corrib rescue boat to be deployed following ‘significant donation’

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The provision of a specialist rescue craft on the Corrib – upstream from the Weir – could now happen over the coming weeks or months following a ‘significant voluntary donation’ in the past few weeks, the Galway City Tribune has learned.

Water safety issues on the Corrib were highlighted last month when up to 10 rowers had to be rescued after their two boats were sucked in by the currents towards the Weir.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board has launched an investigation into the circumstances of the potentially catastrophic incident which occurred around midday on Saturday, January 14.

A specialist D Class lifeboat is now being sourced as part of a multi-agency approach to try and improve emergency rescue operations upstream from the Weir which would be accessible on a 24/7 basis.

While the cost would be in the region of €40,000 to €50,000, the overall figure would rise to around €80,000 to €90,000 when specialist personnel training costs were included.

Galway Lifeboat Operations Manager, Mike Swan, told the Galway City Tribune that he was aware of a lot of work going on behind the scenes to try and get the Corrib rescue craft in place as soon as possible.

“I suppose we’re all trying to work together to ensure that a full-time rescue craft is provided on the Corrib and I believe that real progress is being made in this regard. This would be very good news for everyone,” said Mr Swan.
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Three years on and ‘Changing Places’ facility on Salthill Promenade still not open

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Mayor of Galway, Cllr Clodagh Higgins at the site of the Changing Places facility, for which she had ring-fenced money. Work on the project only began last February, despite initial predictions that the facility would be open in January last year.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The wait for accessible, specialised toilet facilities at Ladies Beach in Salthill goes on – three years after they were ‘prioritised’ by city councillors.

Galway City Council has confirmed to the Tribune this week that the ‘Changing Places’ facility at Ladies Beach is still not open.

Construction of the facility began almost a year ago, at the end of February 2022.

The local authority confirmed that some €135,600 has been spent on the unit, which is not yet open to the public.

“The initial stages of construction went well, with the facility now largely in place. There are a number of outstanding snags to be completed before the facility can open.

“Galway City Council is liaising with the contractor to complete out these snags, with a view to opening the facility as soon as possible,” a spokesperson said.

The local authority did not elaborate on what ‘snags’ were delaying the project.

But in January, Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, suggested that staffing issues were to blame for the delay.

(Photo: Mayor of Galway, Clodagh Higgins, at the site of the Changing Places facility, for which she had ring-fenced money).
This is a shortened preview version of this story. To read the rest of the article, see the February 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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