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Women break ‘glass ceiling’ for top jobs on Galway City Council

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Galway City Council is bucking the national trend on gender equality in filling senior employment positions, with close on half of the top paid jobs being occupied by women, a national survey has revealed.

In the City Council, 44% of senior positions commanding a salary of over €50,000, are occupied by women – putting it well ahead of all local authorities across the country in terms of gender balance.

Some local authorities across the country have as few as 13% (Kerry) of women in €50,000 plus positions with the national average of females in senior positions coming in at just 29%, the survey in yesterday’s Irish Independent newspaper revealed.

Former acting Galway city manager, Martina Moloney, is now only one of three women county managers across the country – she was appointed as manager of Galway County Council in 2007.

Mayor of Galway, Cllr. Padraig Conneely, told the Sentinel that the stronger element of gender balance in the more senior positions of the City Council, was a reflection of the experience and expertise that these people had.

“The women in those positions in the City Council are there on absolute merit and came through the public appointments procedure.

“The gender balance is quite good in the City Council and is certainly far ahead of many other local authorities – these are people who are highly qualified to do the jobs that they are at.

“There is a very strong female representation across the board in the City Council from engineering to planning to finance. I do think that it reflects well on the Council,” said Cllr. Conneely.

Apart from Martina Moloney’s elevation to County Manager in Galway Co. Council, women are not doing well in getting the top jobs in the county local authority.

Only 23% of women employed by Galway County Council hold positions that have salaries in excess of €50,000, putting it close to the bottom of the gender balance league.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

 

 

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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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Galway rowers aim for Olympic gold!

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Best of luck to two Galway rowers – Aifric Keogh of Aill an Phréacháin in Na Forbacha, and Fiona Murtagh from Gortachalla in Moycullen – who are part of Team Ireland’s Women’s Coxless Fours team who compete in an Olympic final in Tokyo at 1.50am (Irish time) Wednesday.

Coverage on RTÉ 2 television begins from 1am.

Ireland – who were second in their heat after Australia, who set a new Olympic Record – are in lane two, with Great Britain on their outside, and Australia, favourites for a gold medal, in lane three.

The Netherlands, China and Poland are in lanes four, five and six at the Sea Forest Waterway.

Poor weather meant some rowing events were re-scheduled but the Women’s Fours final was not impacted.

Jim Keogh, Aifric’s father, told the Tribune he was hopeful ahead of the final.

“To make the Olympics is tough, to make the final is tough, to make the medal is tougher,” he said.
Photo: Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe, Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty.

*Full coverage of the race and reaction in this week’s Connacht Tribune and Galway City Tribune 

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Paedophile sentenced to a further 17 months in prison

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A convicted paedophile, described by a Garda as ‘a prolific child abuser’, has had a 17-month prison sentence added to a 13-year sentence he is already serving for the rape and sexual abuse of children.

Disgraced primary school teacher and summer school bus driver, 69-year-old Seosamh Ó Ceallaigh, a native of Tuirín, Béal a’ Daingin, Conamara, had at all times denied two charges of indecently assaulting a ten-year-old boy at a Gaeltacht summer school in Béal a’ Daingin in 1979.

The offence carries a maximum two-year sentence.

A jury found him guilty by majority verdict following a four-day trial at Galway Circuit Criminal Court last month.

At his sentence hearing last week, Detective Paul Duffy described Ó Ceallaigh as a prolific child abuser who had amassed 125 child abuse convictions, committed while he was a primary school teacher in Dublin and while he operated an Irish language summer school in Beal a’ Daingin.

They included convictions for rape and sexual assault for which he is currently serving sentences totalling 13 years.

Those sentences were due to expire in August 2024, but last week, Judge Rory McCabe imposed two, concurrent 17-month sentences on Ó Ceallaigh, before directing the sentences begin at the termination of the sentences he is currently serving.

The judge noted Ó Ceallaigh’s denial and lack of remorse and the lifelong detrimental effect the abuse had on the victim as aggravating factors.

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