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.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.