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Walsh has largest property holding of local TDs

Enda Cunningham



Fine Gael’s Brian Walsh continues to have the largest property holding of all local TDs, with a house, apartments, a retail unit and sites included in his portfolio.

The latest Dáil Register of Interests – published this week – shows that the Galway West has listed his occupation as being income derived from rental properties.

Meanwhile, his party colleague in Galway East, Ciarán Cannon, is the only Galway TD who owns a holiday home – in a small village in the south of France.

The Register lists occupations; share ownership; directorships; land ownership (including property); gifts; property supplied or lent or services supplied; travel facilities; remunerated positions and contracts.

Deputy Walsh owns a house in Mervue, as well as apartments in Wellpark, the Docks, in Sligo, and one at Foley Street in Dublin.

He also owns a retail unit and two apartments at Briarhill Shopping Centre in Galway and a 5% share in an adjacent site. The Deputy also declared a one-quarter share of a commercial property in Briarhill Business Park.

There is a 10% share in industrial premises at Parkmore and Mervue Industrial Estates also. He also owns a quarter-acre site in Merlin Park and a half-acre site in Roscam. He is listed as a director, in a voluntary capacity, as a non-executive director of Mervue Creche Ltd, which is a non-profit group.

Ciarán Cannon owns a holiday home in the small village of Banyuls-dels-Aspres in the Languedoc-Rousillon region in the south of France, which is close to the border with Spain.

He is Chairman of Gate Lodge Properties Ltd in Carrabane Athenry (which operates the Gate Lodge pub) and is listed as an executive director of the Carrabane Community Development Company Ltd.

Independent Deputy Noel Grealish has declared a house in Cregmore, Claregalway and an apartment in Dublin, which are rented, as well as 15 acres of farmland in Carnmore. He also owns an unoccupied 8,800 square foot unit in Briarhill Business Park.

Seán Kyne (FG) has declared his wife’s home in Athlone which is currently rented out, while his father’s company in Moycullen has contracts to supply sand and gravel to the City and County Councils, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Inland Fisheries and NUI Galway.

Paul Connaughton Jnr (FG) in Galway East declared 18 acres of farmland in Mountbellew, while Micheál Kitt declared 630 shares in Irish Life & Permanent and 131 shares in Vodafone. He is a retired teacher, but is not in receipt of a teacher’s pension.

Éamonn Ó Cuív (FF), Colm Keaveney (FF) and Derek Nolan (Labour) did not make any declarations in the current Register of Interests.


Street fight thugs from viral video outside Garda HQ avoid jail




A still from the video of the brawl close to the Garda HQ in Renmore.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Two men and a woman who were involved in a ‘staged’ fistfight outside the new Garda HQ in Renmore were warned they will serve prison sentences if they don’t stay off social media for two years.

Suspended sentences were imposed on all three over the incident which was recorded on mobile phone and footage went viral on social media.

The altercation between John Maughan (27), formerly of Rinville Park, Oranmore, who now lives in Dublin, and Patrick Maughan (31), of 122 Laurel Park, Newcastle, was filmed on Patrick Maughan’s phone by his wife, Ellen Maughan (31), who is John Maughan’s sister.

The footage was uploaded that evening to YouTube, where it gained a lot of traction.

Galway District Court heard this week the trio were sitting in their cars when Gardaí arrived at the scene within a matter of minutes.

They were subsequently charged with affray at Dublin Road, Murrough, Renmore, on November 2, 2018, in that all three used or threatened to use violence towards each other, thereby putting other people present in fear for their own safety and the safety of others.

Both men were also charged with breaching the peace.

Garda Pat Casey told the sentence hearing the incident occurred at 2.30pm on the main road between GMIT and the Garda HQ.

He said the men’s cars met, whether by accident or design, at that location where they got out and had a fist fight in the middle of the road.

Judge Mary Fahy asked if the location chosen for the fight, right outside the new Garda HQ, was deliberate.

Garda Casey said the men claimed they met by accident, “but that was where they met”, he added.

“The inference is they did it deliberately outside the Station to make it even better on social media. They are an absolute disgrace to do that in public and to do it in front of their children,” Judge Fahy said.
This is a shortened preview version of this court report. To read the article in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Cycle plans for Galway City get bumpy ride from councillors

Francis Farragher



A computer-generated image of how Eglinton Street would look if restricted for buses and bicycles only.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A €24 million plan to transform the greater urban area into a cycle friendly zone got a bumpy ride when introduced to city councillors at a meeting this week.

Councillors were presented with four consultants’ report outlining a framework for the narrowing of many city roads to facilitate cycle lanes and better pedestrian access.

However, several councillors hit out at the way the cycling proposals which were presented to them just hours before their scheduled meeting.

Former Mayor of Galway, Cllr Frank Fahey (FG) said that it just wasn’t good enough to have to consider such detailed proposals on city transport issues after only being emailed the details that morning shortly after 11am.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind), said that there was no joined-up thinking as regards the proposals and he asked if the residents of the east side of the city were consulted about what was being proposed.

“There is a real issue here with communication and consultation. We have businesses in Salthill that are down €25 million in terms of their business turnover and yet there was no consultation with them. It’s absolutely crazy going forward with no consultation,” said Cllr McDonnell.

Independent Knocknacarra councillor, Donal Lyons said that he had only received these detailed consultants’ reports just four hours before the meeting – he also wanted to know why Salthill was being treated differently to other areas.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read extensive coverage of the proposals, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Four-storey apartment block planned at Renmore cottage site

Stephen Corrigan



A computer-generated image of the apartment block and (inset) the cottage at Renmore Road.

Planning permission has been sought to construct a four-storey apartment block and three two-storey homes on a 0.8-acre site off the Renmore Road.

K King Construction Ltd is proposing to demolish the existing cottage at 78 Renmore Road to create access to the site, which backs onto Nolan Park.

The plans include 19 residential units in all, consisting of three detached four-bed houses to the south of the site, adjacent to Dún na Mara; 10 two-bed apartments and six one-bed apartments, to be accessed by a new vehicular entrance road where the cottage currently stands.

According to the planning application, the development would provide “a positive net gain of new residential units on an under-utilised infill plot” on lands which are zoned ‘Residential’ in the City Development Plan.

Some 22 car parking spaces are to be provided on-site – two for each detached house and one space per apartment unit; in addition, 34 covered bicycle parking spaces are provided for.

Each apartment will have a balcony while a children’s playground is proposed for an area south of the apartment block.

The materials and finish of the buildings are to be similar to those used in the adjacent Dún na Mara development that was completed in recent years by the same developer.

The development would include provision for new pedestrian access for residents to Nolan Park/Renmore Playing Fields by utilising “previously inaccessible” recreation and amenity lands.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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