Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam Area Councillor Mary Hoade has been elected as the new Mayor of County Galway
The Fianna Fail Councillor was given the Cathaoirleach chain at the annual general meeting of the council which is being held in Bailey Allen Hall at NUIG this afternoon.
The refurbishment of the chamber on Prospect Hill to accommodate the extra 9 cllrs from 30 to 39 is not yet complete.
Cllr Hoade was nominated for the position of Mayor, now known as Cathaoirleach, by Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Connolly. Her nomination was seconded by newcomer Donagh Kilalea.
Independent newcomer Karey McHugh from Tuam was nominated by Sinn Fein Cllr Dermot Connolly and seconded by Independent Cllr Shaun Cunniffe but failed to secure enough votes.
The pact involved 12 Fine Gael members and 12 Fianna Fail members.
Newcomer for Fine Gael Niamh Byrne has been elected as Deputy Mayor. She was nominated by Cllr Jimmy McClearn and seconded by Cllr Tom McHugh.
Newcomer James Charity was also nominated by Cllr Jim Cuddy but failed to secure sufficient votes.
Meanwhile, Independent Cllr Donal Lyons is on track to become Mayor of the city later this evening.
He’ll be elected under a pact between the 4 Fine Gael, 2 Labour and 5 independents, 3 of whom are former PDs
The pact was formalised last weekend amid a lot of what cllrs have termed ‘bickering and too-ing and fro-ing.’
The first meeting of the new city council gets underway at 6 this evening in the refurbished chamber to accommodate the extra three councillors from 15 to 18.
Health Minister urged to secure extra capacity for Portiuncula Hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister is being urged to intervene at Portiuncula Hospital and ensure additional capacity is secured.
It comes as the Ballinasloe hospital experienced it’s worst ever January on record for overcrowding.
Raising the matter with Minister Stephen Donnelly, Senator Aisling Dolan said despite the best efforts of staff, the hospital is operating outside of its existing capacity.
She acknowledged that work is ongoing on a new 50 bed block – but said this will not provide any additional beds, only replacement ones.
Senator Dolan said extra capacity has to be found somewhere.
City PR executive seeks judgement against former partner over defamation claims
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based PR executive wants the High Court to grant judgement against her former partner due to his alleged failure to defend a defamation action.
Olivia Collins claims that following her break-up with Brian Finnegan, he sought revenge by attempting to destroy her good name and reputation.
In a statement to the court, PR executive Olivia Collins, of Knocknacarra, said she got into a relationship with Brian Finnegan after they met online in 2017.
But difficulties arose in the relationship and they split up in late 2020.
She claims that Mr Finnegan took the break-up very badly and sought revenge by attempting to destroy her good name and reputation.
It’s alleged that he set up a twitter account which he used to defame her with malicious and untrue posts – as well as a fake twitter account purporting to be her.
It’s further claimed he published private and confidential information relating to her business – and hacked into family members accounts.
Ms. Collins alleges that this “vile campaign”, caused significant damage to her and her PR business, and led to potential clients not engaging with her company.
Olivia Collins brought High Court defamation proceedings against Brian Finnegan, seeking damages.
She claims he has not filed an appearance nor a defense to her claim, and is now seeking judgement against him.
Ms. Collins secured permission at the High Court this week to formally serve Mr Finnegan with her motion seeking judgement against him.
He’ll be served with legal documents at his place of work, which the court heard is with a Dell Corporation office based in Dubai, as well as his residence there.
Mairéad Farrell claims rural businesses discriminated against by energy support scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell is claiming small rural businesses are being discriminated against by a new scheme.
The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme supports businesses with their energy bills but does not cover LPG gas or oil.
Deputy Farrell says many off-the-grid homes and businesses rely on LPG for energy access.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Mairéad Farrell says business owners should speak up on the impacts the exclusion is having.