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Fifth Count Athenry-Oranmore LEA: O’Hara eliminated

Declan Tierney

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By Declan Tierney

The fifth count in the Athenry-Oranmore area has been completed but it hasn’t altered the situation as it was just the distribution of Jim Cuddy’s surplus of 65 votes.

As it stands, three of the seven seats in the electoral area have been filled. James Charity (Ind) and Albert Dolan (FF) were elected on the first count with Cuddy (Ind) being re-elected on the fourth.

It has now resulted in the elimination of Sinn Fein’s Louis O’Hara from Athenry and his 556 votes are likely to benefit Gabe Cronnolly in the main but will also boost Helen Jennings (FG) and Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF).

But all of the action will be in Athenry with Herterich-Quinn and Jennings in close contention and as they endeavour to stay ahead over subsequent counts.

 

 

Athenry-Oranmore LEA

Total electorate 23,796

Seats 7

Total poll 12,717

Invalid votes 202

Total valid poll 12,515

Quota 1,565

 

First count

James Charity (Ind) 1,792

Albert Dolan (FF) 1,720

Jim Cuddy (Ind) 1,457

Gabe Cronnolly (Ind) 1,226

David Collins (FG) 1,163

Liam Carroll (FG) 885

Michael Hannon (FF) 753

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) 745

Helen Jennings (FG) 734

Josette Farrell (Ind) 647

Louis O’Hara (SF) 507

Kenneth Keavey (GP) 497

Marian Spellman (Lab) 206

Amanda McManus (Ren) 183

Charity and Dolan elected

 

Second count

Distribution of Charity’s surplus

Jim Cuddy (Ind) +73 1,530

Gabe Cronnolly (Ind) +9 1,235

David Collins (FG) +19 1,182

Liam Carroll (FG) +14 899

Michael Hannon (FF) +32 785

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) +5 750

Helen Jennings (FG) +4 738

Josette Farrell (Ind) +17 664

Kenneth Keavey (GP) +31 528

Louis O’Hara (SF) +12 519

Marian Spellman (Lab) +7 213

Amanda McManus (Ren) +4 187

 

Third count

Distribution of Dolan’s surplus

Jim Cuddy (Ind) +10 1,540

Gabe Cronnolly (Ind) +18 1,253

David Collins (FG) +21 1,203

Liam Carroll (FG) +5 904

Michael Hannon (FF) +25 810

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) +38 788

Helen Jennings (FG) +11 749

Josette Farrell (Ind) +3 667

Louis O’Hara (SF) +16 535

Kenneth Keavey (GP) +4 532

Marian Spellman (Lab) +3 216

Amanda McManus (Ren) +1 188

McManus and Spellman eliminated

 

Fourth count

Distribution of McManus’ and Spellman’s votes

Jim Cuddy (Ind) +90 1,630

Gabe Cronnolly (Ind) +27 1,280

David Collins (FG) +13 1,216

Liam Carroll (FG) +22 926

Michael Hannon (FF) +10 820

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) +32 820

Helen Jennings (FG) +43 792

Josette Farrell (Ind) +29 696

Kenneth Keavey (GP) +59 591

Louis O’Hara (SF) +20 555

Cuddy elected

 

Fifth count

Distribution of Cuddy’s surplus

Gabe Cronnolly (Ind) +9 1,289

David Collins (FG) +3 1,219

Liam Carroll (FG) +22 926

Michael Hannon (FF) +10 830

Shelly Herterich Quinn (FF) +4 824

Helen Jennings (FG) +1 793

Josette Farrell (Ind) +14 710

Kenneth Keavey (GP) +4 595

Louis O’Hara (SF) +1 556

O’Hara eliminated

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Covid lockdown returns for Kildare, Laois and Offaly

Enda Cunningham

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The Government has announced localised lockdowns for people living in Kildare, Laois and Offaly, following a surge in Covid-19 cases over the past week.

People from outside of those counties have been asked not to travel their unless for work or essential travel.

The restrictions affect travel, pubs, restaurants, swimming pools and cinemas.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the clusters of new cases were of serious concern and described the restrictions as “limited”.

“Over the past 14 days 292 cases of Covid-19 have arisen in Kildare, Laois and Offaly. These represent almost half of all cases detected in Ireland during that time.

“These measures are being put in place to protect the vulnerable in these counties as well as to stop the spread of the virus.

They are in place for two weeks from midnight tonight (Friday) until midnight on Friday, August 20. The situation will then be reviewed,” the Taoiseach said.

Travel and transport

You can only travel within your county, other than for the following reasons:

  • to travel to and from work where that work cannot be done from home
  • to attend medical appointments, collect medicines and other health products
  • for vital family reasons, like providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people, but excluding social family visits
  • for farming purposes, food production or care of animals

You should not travel into any of these counties, other than for the reasons above, and you need to travel through these counties to get somewhere else. You should not stop in Kildare, Laois or Offaly unless for essential purposes.

Public and private transport

You should not use public transport unless it is absolutely necessary to do so, and where possible you should not share private vehicles with others from outside your household.

Education and childcare

The following services remain open with appropriate protective measures in place:

  • education and childcare
  • outdoor playgrounds, play areas and parks
  • Economic activity and work
  • Anyone in these counties who can work from home should work from home.

Social

Cafes and restaurants

  • All cafes and restaurants, including bars operating as restaurants, should only offer takeaway or delivery, or outdoor dining (maximum 15 people with strict physical distancing).
  • Hotels can remain open but must limit occupancy to essential non-social and non-tourist reasons. Existing guests can remain for the duration of their booking.

Indoor gatherings

  • All indoor gatherings should be restricted to a maximum of 6 people from no more than 3 households in total, while maintaining physical distancing.

Outdoor gatherings

  • Outdoor gatherings should be limited to a maximum of 15 people, while maintaining physical distancing.

Cultural and religious

  • All cinemas, theatres, casinos, betting shops, bingo halls, gyms, leisure centres, swimming pools, exercise and dance studios are required to close.
  • Attendance at a funeral service and burial or cremation ceremony should be limited to 25 outdoors. Indoor events connected to the funeral are limited to a maximum of 6 people.
  • Places of worship remain open for private prayer, while services are to be held online.

Sport

No sporting events or matches should take place, with the following exemptions:

  • non-contact training outdoors in a maximum group of 15 people may continue
  • professional and elite sports and horse-racing may continue behind closed doors
  • inter-county training (max 15 people) and fixtures may continue behind closed doors

Residential and healthcare facilities

*Visiting in long-term residential care facilities, acute settings and prisons will generally be suspended in the first instance with the exception of the most critical and compassionate circumstances (for example end of life).

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Relocation homebuyers head to the west

Dara Bradley

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Clifden....popular destination.

The Coronavirus pandemic has encouraged a new exodus of homebuyers to relocate to the west, with remote working now a viable option for many employees.

Galway’s busiest auctioneer has noticed increased interest in properties in the city and county from workers relocating from Dublin, its commuter belt and the Midlands.

The availability of high-speed broadband, which can facilitate working from home, is a determining factor in many homebuyers’ decisions to move to the West.

But the high cost of renting remains the single biggest incentive for people to get on the property ladder, according to Niall Browne, senior sales negotiator at O’Donnellan and Joyce Auctioneers.

“People are paying such high rent that it’s the equivalent to a mortgage repayment and that’s when you buy. That’s the biggest incentive to buy – you’re not giving away dead money,” Mr Browne said.

The property market locally had quietened in the initial months of the Covid-19 lockdown – but it has been buoyant in the past two months in particular, he said.

Mr Browne suggested there was an element of pent-up demand for housing that was now being realised as the Covid lockdown restrictions focused people’s minds on their desire to purchase a home.

“We typically try to get eight to ten sales per month by private treaty, and we had 28 or 29 last month. The previous month was six and the previous month was eight. This month (July) we’re up to 26, and that’s outside of our auction,” he said.

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Nursing Homes shun student nurses over Covid fears

Stephen Corrigan

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Student nurses in Galway are facing financial doom as part-time employers shun those currently on work placement in hospitals over fears they are at high-risk of contracting Covid-19.

First year nursing student at NUI Galway Ciarán Mac an tSaoir told the Connacht Tribune that this had become a particular issue for first and second year students who would traditionally take on healthcare assistant roles in nursing homes, where the fear of spreading the virus is at fever pitch.

“After semester one in first year, you are essentially qualified as a healthcare assistant and a lot of students would take that up as an option. Since Covid-19 came in, a lot of work places are fearful of cross-contamination and that’s not unjustified.

“It’s very understandable that a nursing home wouldn’t want a student who might be going between five or six clinical areas in an acute hospital to be then coming into work in the nursing home,” said Mr Mac an tSaoir.

Nursing students, for whom a large proportion of their university experience is spent on unpaid work placement, spend up to 35-hours a week in a clinical setting and so that could mean them travelling between a Covid-19-free setting of a nursing home to a respiratory word in a hospital such as UHG, he explained.

However, this wasn’t a HSE policy but rather the decision of individual care facilities who were doing their best to ensure coronavirus was kept out.

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