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FG Mayor battle, but there may be just one Galway Council under plans

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Date Published: 11-May-2011

A right old battle has broken out in Galway Fine Gael between Councillors Padraig Conneely and Hildegarde Naughton over which of them should be the new Mayor in June. But the word in informed circles is that Minister Phil Hogan could be looking at long term plans of his own.

There is well-informed speculation in political circles this week that under possible local government reform changes, a move could be made by Environment Minister Hogan to have just one local authority for all of County Galway.

The basis for a possible merger, or replacement of the two local bodies, appears to be the line in the ‘Bord Snip’ report published some time ago, which suggests in relation to local authorities that the government should “reduce the 34 city and county councils to 22 local authorities”. Remember, this is a government which is looking about for reform and change and might not shirk from such action.

Little has been heard of the proposal by Colm McCarthy which is aimed at cost reduction at local authority level, but I understand that ‘it hasn’t gone away you know’ and is at least being discussed in high-powered circles as the government searches around for spending cuts.

One could see how there would certainly be savings in areas such as administration – for instance there might be only one planning section in an amalgamated council for the entire county.

Certainly, the amount of work in areas such as planning has tailed-off dramatically since the demise of the Celtic Tiger, with the hundreds of planning applications and one-time queues in the planning offices being replaced by a mere trickle in more recent times.

Under any such change, the Croke Park Agreement might mean job transfers, for instance, or prople moving from one department – or indeed authority – to another. Details on this are a long way from worked out and this is at a very preliminary discussion stage but it is being considered.

My instinct is that there would certainly be opposition at political level, though there is no official indication of what might happen in relation to the 15-member city council and the 30-member county council and what might replace them, or its make up and its numbers. Local areas jealously guard their input into decision-making at the best of times.

Could I venture to suggest that there would be a substantial body of opinion in the county which feels that, in such a situatiion, safeguards would have to be implemented to ensure that Galway City did not dominate the situation. I don’t think I would have to scratch the surface too deeply, for instance, to find a body of opinion which feels that Galway City has had a dominant role in the county for many years.

Key areas like Connemara might also feel that they have special planning considerations … of course, a lot would depend on the strength of any regional, local or other committees, or bodies, which, one feels, would have to be part of any restructuring.

Meanwhile, back to that row which has blown up in Fine Gael circles in Galway in recent weeks over who should be the next Mayor of Galway – the new term starts in June but there is a total standoff between Councillors Padraig Conneely and Hildegarde Naughton, with no agreement in sight.

Right now there are hushed and rather delicate discussions going on in Fine Gael circles in Galway City over the standoff between Conneely and Naughton. Both want the Mayoralty and Conneely has the backing of the sole other Fine Gael member of the City Council (Frank Fahey).

But the Hildegarde Naughton camp are standing firm on the basis that, they say, it has been understood in FG that the Mayoralty would go by ‘rotation,’ and that Padraig Conneely previously held the Mayor’s Chain, then she is entitled to the term which starts next June. There has been some tut-tutting in FG circles.

Conneely held the Mayoralty a few years ago with the highpoint being a visit to The White House on St Patrick’s Day, with photos taken with President Obama.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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