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Eighth Count Loughrea LEA: Hynes takes final seat

Declan Tierney



All of the five seats in the Loughrea electoral area have now been filled as veteran independent councillor Pat Hynes crossed the line without reaching the quota after the eighth and final count.

This followed the elimination of the third FF candidate, retired Garda Sergeant Pat Flanagan.

Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher and Jimmy McClearn were first past the post having been elected on the first count – and they were followed in by the Fianna Fail pair of Shane Curley in Loughrea and Portumna’s Ivan Canning.



Number of seats: 5

Electorate: 18,729

Total poll: 10,503

Spoiled votes: 165

Total valid poll: 10,338

Quota: 1,724



First count:

Michael ‘Moegie’ Maher (FG) 2,152

Jimmy McClearn (FG) 2,045

Shane Curley (FF) 1,581

Ivan Canning (FF) 1,564

Pat Hynes (Ind) 948

Pat Flanagan (FF) 738

Joe Campbell (Aontu) 661

Annmarie Roche (SF) 332

Eoin Madden (Ind) 321


Maher and McClearn elected


Second count

(Distribution of Maher’s surplus)


Shane Curley (FF) (+161) 1,742

Ivan Canning (FF) (+25) 1,589

Pat Hynes (Ind) (+104) 1,052

Pat Flanagan (FF) (+76) 814

Joe Campbell (Aontu) (+13) 674

Annmarie Roche (SF) (+21) 353

Eoin Madden (Ind) (+28) 349


Curley elected



Fourth count

(Distribution of Canning’s surplus)


Pat Hynes (Ind) (+4) 1,105

Pat Flanagan (FF) (+5) 845

Joe Campbell (Aontu) (+9) 736

Annmarie Roche (SF) (+3) 378

Eoin Madden (Ind) (+2) 360



Fifth count

(Distribution of Curley’s surplus)


Pat Hynes (Ind) (+6) 1,111

Pat Flanagan (FF) (+8) 853

Joe Campbell (Aontu) (+1) 737

Annmarie Roche (SF) (+1) 379

Eoin Madden (Ind) (+2) 362


Madden eliminated


Sixth count

(Distribution of Madden’s vote)


Pat Hynes (Ind) (+79) 1,190

Pat Flanagan (FF) (+36) 889

Joe Campbell (Aontu) (+37) 774

Annmarie Roche (SF) (+88) 467


Roche eliminated



Seventh count

(Distribution of Roche’s votes)


Pat Hynes (Ind) (+149) 1,339

Pat Flanagan (FF) (+53) 942

Joe Campbell (Aontu) (+73) 847


Campbell eliminated


Eighth count

(Distribution of Campbell’s votes)


Pat Hynes (Ind) (+221) 1,560

Pat Flanagan (FF) (+186) 1,128

Hynes elected without reaching the quota.

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Galway Real Estate have attractive site for sale on the Aran Islands




Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Galway Real Estate have an attractive site/property for sale at Oghill, Inishmore, Aran Islands.

The site is approximately c.150 square metres. (c.1600 sq. ft.) on c.1 acre with planning permission to convert to a dwelling house and fit a new waste water treatment system. Planning Ref: 17/1284. There are two years  left on planning. The planning is for a proposed 4 bedrooms, kitchen, dining/room, laundry/room, bathroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to get a property ready to go. Offers in excess of €125,000 considered.

Full details from Paddy Flynn 0872557618 or Galway Real Estate on 091565488 or email:

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Aran to welcome Ireland’s largest domestic passenger ferry




Saoirse na Farraige

The largest domestic passenger ferry in the country is making its journey from the Far East to the Far West – ready to commence service from Galway to the three Aran Islands.

The 40-metre ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ represents a massive investment – and vote of confidence – in island tourism on the part of the owners, Aran Island Ferries.

Commissioned in January 2019, this sixth member of their fleet has a capacity of 400 – and it is expected to arrive in Galway Bay from Hong Kong in October.

The vessel departed Hong Kong last week, embarking on a 2,500 mile journey to Galway Bay – inside the hold of a heavy lift ship called Svenja’”.

Saoirse na Farraige has at least three more stops to make before arriving in Galway Bay at the end of October – and it won’t not enter service until next spring.

Aran Island Ferries Sales and Marketing Manager, Aine McLoughlin, said that they were looking forward to seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands, enjoying the increased capacity, accessibility, and safety features.

“We are really looking forward to officially launching ‘Saoirse na Farraige’ next year and seeing visitors enjoy their journey to the Aran Islands on board our new ferry,” she said.

Saoirse na Farraige will serve all three islands from Rossaveel – with a journey time of 40 minutes to Inis Mór, 50 minutes to Inis Meáin, and 55 minutes to Inis Oírr.

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Emergency Department upgrade will happen at UHG – but it’s complicated

Denise McNamara



The current ED at UHG.

Revamping the emergency department at UHG will involve three separate projects – leading to the hospital’s chief describing the process as ‘very complex’.

City Councillor John Connolly (FF) said the people of Galway were concerned that the new emergency department – like the ring road – would never happen, as it appeared to be so bound up in red tape.

Joe Hoare, assistant national director of estates in HSE West, told the Regional Health Forum West meeting that that outpatients department adjacent to the emergency department was being redeveloped to create more capacity for streaming Covid patients from non-Covid patients for the winter.

The outpatients department would be relocated to the Merlin Park campus. The design for this building would be completed within ten months with construction expected to begin in by last 2021 at the earliest.

An interim emergency department was the next priority so that the current building could be knocked to make way for the new state-of-the-art building, creating a new maternity department and paediatrics unit.

Since the budget for the new children’s hospital had blown out of all proportion, the rules over public projects over €100 million had changed and the Saolta hospital group had to ensure its business case for the massive project was ‘watertight’.

Mr Hoare said all three projects were moving in parallel, including the enabling works for the main build, which would take around 18 months to complete.

He described the project as Saolta’s ‘absolute top priority and was regarded as such by the national HSE organisation.

Head of Saolta, Tony Canavan, said the project was ‘big and very complex’ and required management to remain ‘very focused over a long time’.

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