Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Ballinasloe county councillor Michael Mullins has become the first Galway representative to be deemed elected to the Seanad.
The Fine Gael councillor, who competed for one of five seats on the cultural and educational panel, was elected on the fourteenth count last night.
Connemara councillor Seamus Walsh, one of 17 candidates competing for election on the same panel, polled well but was eliminated at the twelfth count.TDs, senators and councillors were entitled to vote in the contest, which was carried out by postal ballot.
Meanwhile, counting on the agricultural panel, on which there are two Galway candidates, is expected to resume at Leinster House this morning.
Trevor O’ Clochartaigh from An Cheathrú Rua looks set to secure one of the seats.
County Councillor Peter Feeney from Athenry, who is also contesting a seat on the Agricultural Panel, doesn’t look like he will secure a seat at this point.
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.