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Two new access roads will serve Galway Shopping Centre traffic

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Two new outlets for traffic are being constructed off the Sean Mulvoy Road and the Headford Road to replace the old slip road access from the current Bodkin Roundabout into the Galway Shopping Centre.

Traffic will be able to enter and leave the Headford Road Shopping Centra via the new junctions that are being constructed as part of the conversion of the Bodkin Roundabout into a signalised, four road system.

Vehicles travelling from the Cemetery Cross Roundabout direction will be able to access the Shopping Centre off the Sean Mulvoy Road – traffic exiting from the car-park at this point will have to turn left, back towards the new Bodkin junction. This will be a ‘left in, left out’ junction with no lights.

The new access point off the Headford Road to the Shopping Centre will allow traffic exiting from the car-park to turn either left or right – incoming traffic to town can turn left into the car-park but outgoing traffic from the city will not have access to any right turn at this junction that does not have lights.

Traffic coming from town – towards the Headford Road Shopping Centre – will continue to have their usual main access right turn to the car-park as is in place at present.

Work on the Bodkin Roundabout conversion is also being carried out in tandem with a new traffic lights ‘crossroads’ junction at the Dun na Coiribe Road.

This intersection will be part of the new ‘exit only’ point from the Dunnes Stores, Terryland Retail Park car-park – traffic exiting here will be able to turn left or right onto the Headford Road at the new signalised junction.

Traffic exiting from the Dun na Coiribe Road will also be able to turn left towards Headford or right into the city. A new pedestrian lights crossing facility will be located on the city side of this junction.

City Council Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes told the Sentinel that work was progressing on schedule on the new signalised project at the Bodkin Roundabout and at the Dun na Coiribe/Terryland Retail Park junction.

“We are very happy with the way that this project is progressing and we expect work to be completed by the end of October, early November period,” said Mr. Hayes.

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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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