Date Published: 12-May-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
Fine Gael’s Hildegarde Naughton looks set to bounce back in the battle to become the next Mayor of Galway – and could potentially strike a deal with ‘the enemy’.
While party headquarters intervened in the row between Cllr Naughton and party colleague Padraig Conneely this week, a second option has emerged which could see her ‘steal back’ the Mayoral chain.
In a dramatic turnabout, Cllr Naughton could win the support of the five Labour Party and two Independent councillors to secure the position of First Citizen.
This weekend, Cllr Conneely is coming under increased pressure from party members over what angry Fine Gaelers describe as “an embarrassment to the party”.
Under the terms of a Mayoral Pact agreed in 2009 between the three Fine Gael, three Fianna Fáil and three of the Independent councillors, Cllr Naughton was due to serve as Mayor for 2011-12.
However, following the election of Brian Walsh to the Dáil and subsequent co-option of Frank Fahy to the City Council, Cllr Conneely entered a separate deal which would see him elected Mayor – for the second time in four years.
Since our sister newspaper The Sentinel revealed that move on Tuesday, Cllr Conneely has come in for severe criticism for reneging on the deal.
Fine Gael Headquarters asked Deputy Walsh to intervene in the row on Wednesday, and he is set to meet with the three FG councillors this weekend. “The General Secretary has asked me to intervene and try to resolve the situation,” confirmed Deputy Walsh.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
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.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
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.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
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.