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How much did councillors spend per vote received?

Dara Bradley

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Cllr Mike Cubbard ran a frugal election campaign, spending just €1.67 per vote received

Bradley Bytes – A Sort of Political Column with Dara Bradley 

Councillors have filed their Statements of Expenditure listing the amount of money they spent on their campaigns to get elected to Galway City Council in May.

All 18 of them were elected, so it was money well spent, but who got more bang for their buck?

We’ve had a gawk at the files to find out how much each City Councillor spent on posters, canvass literature, advertising etcetera, vis-à-vis the number of votes received.

Fine Gael newcomer, Clodagh Higgins, spent the most of any candidate in the 2019 local election – her total expenses incurred were €6,139. And Classy Clodagh also spent the most of any city councillor per vote received – each of her 811 first preference votes cost her €7.56 in election expenditure.

Iron Mike Cubbard, who went on to become mayor, got the most value per vote out of his local election spend compared with the 17 other councillors elected.

Iron Mike (Ind) spent €2,161 on electioneering, and won 1,292 first preferences, which works out at just €1.67 per vote.

The only other councillor to spend less than €2 per vote, was Fianna Fáil’s comeback kid, John Connolly – an election outlay of €1,251 for a campaign that was rewarded with 734 first preferences, or €1.70 per vote.

Here’s a list of the remaining 15 councillors and the amount of money they spent on their campaigns per first preference vote received, from highest to lowest:

Mike Crowe (FF) €6.86 per vote
Frank Fahy (FG) €6.57 per vote
Peter Keane (FF) €6.38 per vote
Owen Hanley (Soc Dem) €5.77 per vote
Niall McNelis (Lab) €5.47 per vote
Eddie Hoare (FG) €5.23 per vote
Declan McDonnell (Ind) €4.75 per vote
Noel Larkin (Ind) €3.57 per vote
Ollie Crowe (FF) €3.70 per vote
Colette Connolly (Ind) €2.92 per vote
Martina O’Connor (Greens) €2.67 per vote
Pauline O’Reilly (Greens) €2.56 per vote
Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) €2.42 per vote
Alan Cheevers (FF) €2.39 per vote
Donal Lyons (Ind) €2.10 per vote

For more Bradley Bytes, see this week’s Galway City Tribune 

 

CITY TRIBUNE

Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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