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Tribesmen stand up to the Dubs as Heaney hits late leveller

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Galway's Séan Armstrong and Dublin's Jonny Cooper chase this loose ball during Sunday's National League tie at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

GALWAY 0-13

DUBLIN 0-13

THE icy gale that blew down from the Arctic at Salthill on Sunday still wasn’t enough to cool the hot bloods of Galway and Dublin in this top-of-the-table Division 1 clash at Pearse Stadium as two of the oldest rivals in the game shared the spoils after a fiercely competitive and sometimes fiery encounter.

This is what Division 1 football is all about: the All-Ireland champions in town; a crowd of over 10,000 people to provide the required atmosphere; and a match that was highly charged all through, complemented by a nail-biting finish.

In the end, Galway might have had to rely on a 79th minute Johnny Heaney equaliser to snatch the draw, but on balance over the entire course of the match, the home side probably should have come away with a win, given their defensive solidity and chance creation ratio.

There was though a lot of satisfaction to be garnered from Galway’s overall display. They might have started out with a number of key players rested, including captain Damien Comer, but they tore into Dublin with a determination and composure that greatly unsettled the All-Ireland champions.

Twice in the first half and once early in the second period, Galway created gilt-edged goal chances and while the first two did at least yield points, if the net had been hit from even one of those three opportunities, it probably would have been enough to put Dublin away.

The consolation for Galway is that they are creating chances and their point conversion rate in the first half — ten scores over the 35 minutes — was pretty impressive, even if they were aided by the near goal blowing towards the Prairie end of the pitch.

Kevin Walsh has Galway well set up at present. They are defending systematically and often en-bloc but the sharp edge of their sword is provided in the super-quick counter attacks that are proving to be highly effective when the opposition thrusts break down.

Dublin, like Galway, had done a lot of team re-jigging before the throw-in, but given the strength in-depth of their panel, they are in a far stronger position than any other county to slot in replacements almost as good as the first fifteen.

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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