Date Published: 21-May-2011
ATHENRY politician Lorraine Higgins has been nominated for a Senate seat by Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the recommendation of Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore and she will take her place in the Seanad next Wednesday.
Lorraine Higgins is a barrister who practices on the western circuit. She is also a membership officer with Junior Chamber International Galway.
She received over 3,500 first preference votes in the Galway East constituency in this year’s General Election and her transfers ensured that Colm Keaveney took the Dail seat in the constituency for Labour for the first time ever.
She also stood as a Labour party candidate on the Industrial and Commercial panel in the subsequent Seanad elections.
The success of Lorraine Higgins in getting a Senate seat is another boost for the Labour party in Galway East following Colm Keaveny’s election to the Dail and Cllr Sean Cunniffe’s co-option on to Galway Co Council.
There will be further success for the party in the coming weeks, when a close associate of the new Senator Lorraine Higgins, long-serving Labour politician, Councillor Mary Loftus, will become the new Mayor of Tuam.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.