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Higgins says he has ‘very good chance’ of winning

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Date Published: 21-Jun-2011

By Dara Bradley

Labour party president Michael D Higgins, who received a majority of support from his party to contest the Presidential election, said he has a “very good” chance of winning the race for Áras an Uachtaráin.

 

The former Galway West TD, who twice served as Mayor of Galway, served in Seanad Éireann and as Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht for four years, is the first Galway person to put their name before the people for the Presidency.

Mr Higgins, who had sought to contest the Presidency seven years ago, won 37 of the 62 votes cast by the Labour Party’s TDs, Senators, MEPs and Executive Council members at a Labour convention on Sunday. He defeated Fergus Finlay, who received 18 votes, and former Senator Kathleen O’Meara, who won seven votes.

Mr Higgins is the first candidate to be formally nominated in the race – Fine Gael will decide soon between Avril Doyle, Gay Mitchell, Pat Cox and Maireád McGuiness and possibly others; and other candidates independent Senator David Norris and Irish-American Niall O’Dowd are seeking support to secure a nomination.

Mr Higgins told the Sentinel that he feels he has a “very good” chance of winning the contest, regardless of who is competing in the field.

He told the convention at the weekend that he has the background, skills, experience and credentials for the Presidency. Setting out his stall now that he has been nominated, Mr Higgins said: “What I’m looking to develop is an inclusive radical citizenship in a creative society appropriate to a republic”.

Mr Higgins said he has been campaigning all over the country since last September and is looking forward to meeting as many people as possible in the upcoming campaign.

He is launching a book of his poetry in July and a book of collected essays in September and so had already been booked to appear at several literary events throughout the summer.

He will receive logistical support from the Labour Party for his campaign and has the support of the beaten candidates.

He will use his campaign to debate the rampant individualism that pervaded the country in recent years and which brought Ireland to where it is now. “We need to identify what kind of Ireland we want,” he said.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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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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