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.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.