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Eighth Count Loughrea LEA: Hynes takes final seat

Declan Tierney

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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.

 

Loughrea

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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Limited go-ahead for marts

Francis Farragher

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Marts: Individual sales to be allowed.

MART managers and staff across the county are busy this week preparing operating protocols for approval by the Dept. of Agriculture that will allow for the limited sale of livestock during the current COVID-19 emergency.

On Tuesday, the Dept. of Agriculture confirmed that they would be allowing marts to handle livestock sales in a limited way – marts will liaise with buyers and sellers; arrange for the weighing of the animals; and process payments.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, said that the Dept. had issued guidance to marts for ‘a very limited range of essential services’ that would not require people to assemble: the transactions would include calf sales, the weighing of livestock, and an online or brokerage service.

Ray Doyle of ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society) this week thanked the Government for their announcement, adding that ‘it was reasonable’ for a form of trading to continue to alleviate the current economic burden on farmers.

He pointed out that only mart staff would handle the animals; the buyer and seller would not have contact with each other; each could observe the weighing data; the buyer could view the animals from a distance; the sale would be completed electronically; no visitors or members of the public would be admitted; full sanitisation protocols would be observed; with the sale to be completed electronically.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Self-isolation success staves off Covid-19 surge – for now

Dara Bradley

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Anaesthetic Registrar Dr Robbie Sparks with Clinical Facilitator Claire Lavelle simulating an intubation of a patient with COVID-19 in the ICU at UHG. (Photo supplied by UHG because of visitor restrictions)

The predicted surge in Covid19-related admissions to Galway’s hospitals has been delayed – for now – giving much-needed breathing space to ramp-up preparations and increase Intensive Care Unit (ICU) capacity and beds for when it does hit.

But hospital management remains concerned in particular with the ‘significant’ number of staff in the West who have been taken off the frontline because they are ill from coronavirus, or self-isolating as a precaution after coming in close contact with an infected person.

And as the latest figures show 86 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Galway – seven times the figure from a fortnight ago – the HSE has conceded that local testing for the virus was suspended Sunday due to a shortage of testing kits. Limited testing resumed on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, although hospital chiefs in the West insist they have sufficient levels of personal protective equipment (PPE), nursing homes across Galway are facing a shortage of basic equipment such as masks, and many have appealed to the public for donations.

Chief Clinical Director Saolta Group, and consultant cardiologist, Dr Pat Nash, said UHG, the main Covid-19 hospital in the West, has experienced increased activity but ‘not a huge surge in admissions’.

“The hospital still has significant capacity available both on wards and ICU,” he said.

But Dr Nash stressed there was no room for complacency and the public needed to continue to observe social distancing, stay at home and practice hand hygiene.

 

See full story – and 23 pages of coverage on the Covid-19 crisis in Galway – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or available to buy as a digital edition via our website www.connachttribune.ie. The Tribune can also be ordered as part of your shopping delivery from most outlets now.

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Loan sharks prey on families hit by pandemic

Denise McNamara

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Moneylenders have been targeting working class areas in Galway where hundreds of people have lost their jobs in the lockdown, encouraging them to take out loans with exorbitant interest rates.

Deputy for Galway East Sean Canny said he had received several reports of estates in the city where leaflets had been distributed recently by legitimate loan sharks.

“These people are licensed so they are not doing anything illegal but I do think it’s immoral in these times and my advice is to ignore money lenders,” he stressed.

“We have credit unions where people can go to for advice and for loans and we have MABS [Money Advice and Budgeting Service] which can provide advice that maybe they don’t need more money but may need to manage their budget better.

“People don’t make the best decisions when they’re stressed but I would really urge them not to go down this road because they can charge interest rates of 187% which is really fleecing people.”

Paul Bailey, Head of Communications at the Irish League of Credit Unions, said they have also been getting reports of leaflets being dropped by moneylenders in working class areas.

 

See full story – and 23 pages of coverage on the Covid-19 crisis in Galway – in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now, or available to buy as a digital edition via our website www.connachttribune.ie. The Tribune can also be ordered as part of your shopping delivery from most outlets now.

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