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GALWAY NEWS: 2nd Recount: 11th Counth

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 02-Mar-2011

Number of seats: 5

Electorate: 88,840

Total Poll: 61,268

Spoiled: 643

Total Valid Poll: 60,625

Quota: 10,105

First Count:

Nolan (Lab) 7,489

Cuív (FF) 7,441

Grealish (Ind) 6,229

Walsh B (FG) 5,425

Healy Eames (FG) 5,046

Connolly (Ind) 4,766

Kyne (FG) 4,550

O Clochartaigh (SF) 3,808

Naughton (FG) 3,606

Fahey (FF) 3,448

Welby (Ind) 3,298

Crowe (FF) 1,814

Walsh E (Ind) 1,481

Brolchain (GP) 1,120

Cubbard (Ind) 853

Holmes (Ind) 186

King (Ind) 65

King, Holmes, Cubbard eliminated.

Second Count:

Distribution of King, Holmes and Cubbard transfers

Nolan (Lab) (+183) 7,672

Cuív (FF) (+45) 7,486

Grealish (Ind) (+117) 6,346

Walsh B (FG) (+48) 5,473

Healy Eames (FG) (+34) 5,080

Connolly (Ind) (+207) 4,973

Kyne (FG) (+31) 4,581

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+119) 3,927

Naughton (FG) (+49) 3,655

Fahey (FF) (+26) 3,474

Welby (Ind) (+27) 3,325

Crowe (FF) (+41) 1,851

Walsh E (Ind) (+100) 1,581

Ó Brolcháin (GP) (+33) 1,153

Ó Brolcháin eliminated. Distributing his 1,153 votes.

Non-transferable: 44

Third Count: Distribution of Ó Brolcháin’s transfers:

Nolan (Lab) (+334) 8,006

Cuív (FF) (+61) 7,547

Grealish (Ind) (+50) 6,396

Walsh B (FG) (+42) 5,515

Connolly (Ind) (+241) 5,214

Healy Eames (FG) (+93) 5,173

Kyne (FG) (+49) 4,630

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+72) 3,999

Naughton (FG) (+90) 3,745

Fahey (FF) (+15) 3,489

Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,345

Crowe (FF) (+15) 1,870

Walsh E (Ind) (+43) 1,624

Non-transferable: 28

Walsh E eliminated. Distribution of his 1,624


Distribution of Walsh E (Ind) 1,624 transfers

Nolan (Lab) (+260) 8,266

Cuív (FF) (+102) 7,649

Grealish (Ind) (+193) 6,589

Walsh B (FG) (+129) 5,644

Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,499

Healy Eames (FG) (+117) 5,290

Kyne (FG) (+74) 4,704

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+97) 4,096

Naughton (FG) (+113) 3,858

Fahey (FF) (+37) 3,526

Welby (Ind) (+139) 3,484

Crowe (FF) (+25) 1,895

Non-Transferable: 53

Crowe eliminated. Distribution of his 1,895 votes.

Fifth Count: Distribution of Crowe’s 1,895 transfers:

Nolan (Lab) (+197) 8,463

Cuív (FF) (+549) 8,198

Grealish (Ind) (+221) 6,810

Walsh B (FG) (+225) 5,869

Connolly (Ind) (+104) 5,603

Healy Eames (FG) (+57) 5,347

Kyne (FG) (+25) 4,729

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+45) 4,141

Naughton (FG) (+50) 3,908

Fahey (FF) (+307) 3,833

Welby (Ind) (+20) 3,504

Non-Transferable: 95

Welby eliminated. Distribution of his 3,504.

Sixth Count:

Cuív (FF) (+729) 8,927

Nolan (Lab) (+240) 8,703

Grealish (Ind) (+306) 7,116

Walsh B (FG) (+95) 5,964

Connolly (Ind) (+285) 5,888

Kyne (FG) (+1,012) 5,741

Healy Eames (FG) (+140) 5,487

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+266) 4,407

Fahey (FF) (+184) 4,017

Naughton (FG) (+85) 3,993

Non-Transferable: 162

Naughton eliminated. Distribution of Naughton’s 3,993.

Seventh Count: Naughton’s transfers

Nolan (Lab) (+416) 9,119

Cuív (FF) (+108) 9,035

Grealish (Ind) (+208) 7,324

Walsh B (FG) (+1,044) 7,008

Healy Eames (FG) (+1,055) 6,542

Kyne (FG) (+729) 6,470

Connolly (Ind) (+260) 6,148

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+40) 4,447

Fahey (FF) (+45) 4,062

Non-transferable: 88

Fahey Eliminated. Distribution of his 4,062.

Eighth Count: Fahey’s transfers

Cuív (FF) (+2,103) 11,138 deemed elected

Nolan (Lab) (+189) 9,308

Grealish (Ind) (+592) 7,916

Walsh B (FG) (+234) 7,242

Healy Eames (FG) (+170) 6,712

Kyne (FG) (+151) 6,621

Connolly (Ind) (+242) 6,390

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+141) 4,588

Non transferable: 240

Ó Cuív’s surplus of 1,033 will now be distributed

Ninth Count: Ó Cuív’s surplus distributed:

Nolan (Lab) (+107) 9,415

Grealish (Ind) (+396) 8,312

Walsh B (FG) (+101) 7,343

Healy Eames (FG) (+89) 6,801

Kyne (FG) (+84) 6,705

Connolly (Ind) (+161) 6,551

O Clochartaigh (SF) (+95) 4,683

Ó Clochartaigh eliminated. Distribution of his votes next.

Tenth Count: Ó Clochartaigh transfers

Nolan (Lab) (+1,016) 10,431 deemed elected

Grealish (Ind) (370) 8,682

Connolly (Ind) (+1,656) 8,207

Walsh (FG) (+148) 7,491

Kyne (FG) (+ 324) 7,029

Healy Eames (+189) 6,990

Non-Transferable: 980

Nolan elected and his surplus of 326 will be redistributed.

Eleventh count: Distribution of Nolan’s surplus

Grealish (Ind) (+54) 8,736

Connolly (Ind) (+168) 8,375

Walsh (FG) (+29) 7,520

Kyne (FG) (+45) 7,074

Healy Eames (+30) 7,020

Healy Eames eliminated. Distribution of her votes next.


Galway in Days Gone By

The way we were – Protecting archives of our past

Judy Murphy



A photo of Galway city centre from the county council's archives

People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.

Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.

She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.

Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.

Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.

When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.

Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.

And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.

All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.

“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”

That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.


For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here

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A battle of talent and the ability to pull in public votes

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta



Date Published: 11-Mar-2013

Here is a question. And there is no holiday or grand prize for getting the answer. But can anyone name the people who have won The Voice of Ireland and what has become of them?

Over across the water in the UK they have The X Factor and while I hate the concept of it, it has produced a few stars even though they don’t last long in the whole scheme of things.

But The Voice of Ireland seems to generate false excitement with the winner ending up become more anonymous than they already were. And it is costing families a fortune in the process.

While the programme is a ratings winner, strangely, it has resulted in those getting through to the final stages investing huge amounts of money in the hope that they will receive enough votes to get through to the next stages.

So, suddenly, it is not about the voice or the talent involved, it is all about votes and who the participants can convince to pledge their support for them. So it is obvious that talent goes out the window.

It means that someone with half a talent could realistically win the whole thing if they generated enough support behind them. From now on, the judges will be taken out of the equation and it will be left to the public to generate income for some phone operator.

Those who get through to the live performances have to engage in a massive publicity campaign in an effort to win votes which makes this whole effort a pure sham. It is no longer about their ability and just an effort to win appeal.

While the initial process does involve some vetting of the acts, now it becomes a general election type exercise in which the most popular will win the competition and the judges will have no say whatsoever.

It is a bit like the recent Eurosong in which the judging panel across the country voted for their favourite song, which incidentally was the best of a very bad lot, but then this was overturned by the public who chose a relatively crap song to represent us.

But again, this was all down to convincing the public about who to vote for rather than having any bearing on the quality on offer. There are times that genuine talent becomes overlooked because of the need to extract money from the voting public.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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