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Two Galway beaches listed for nudists

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Two beaches in West Galway have been recommended for nude sunbathing – despite the fact that the practice is illegal in this country.

Beaches near Roundstone and at Silver Strand in Barna have been listed as places where bathers have been advised to strip off.

Naturists are being given specific details of where to go on these beaches to reveal all and so as not to cause offence to other bathers. Part of the beach at Silver Strand has regularly been used by nudists over the years and has gone under the legal radar. But a public representative has objected to the fact that a beach at Roundstone is being recommended for nudist bathing.

Cllr Eileen Mannion of Fine Gael said that she was shocked to discover that the beach near Dog’s Bay is being recommended by the Irish Naturist’s Association as a place to bare all.

“This is a family destination and it is not a place for nudity. I have been talking to people from the area and they are appalled that it is listed as a place being recommended for people to go nude,” Cllr. Mannion added.

In the Irish Naturists website they advise nude bathers to go three miles past Roundstone until they come across a signpost for Dog’s Bay.

“Ignore the turn off for Gurteen Bay which is about one mile before Dog’s Bay. There is parking and a primitive but adequate textile camping site here.

“Walk the length of the beach and take the short path up a small hill at the end of the bay. You will come to a gate.

“Go through the gate and walk across the headland for about 400 yards and you will come across the beach in a delightful sandy cove. Please note that the cove is not visible until you are nearly upon it,” the naturist website advises.

With regard to Silver Strand, they advise that around 300 yards to the west of the main beach, there is a small beach which is used by naturists.

“To get there walk for 15 or 20 minutes along the stones or on the rough path behind the wall nearby. Please note that this beach is covered when the tide is about two-thirds of the way in,” they say.

Cllr Eileen Mannion said that these were beaches in which children played and it was not acceptable that they should be labelled as nudist.

 

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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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