Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
BY FRANK FARRAGHER
THE long standing dispute that threatened to scuttle the election of Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton as Mayor of Galway was only resolved an hour before Wednesday’s City Council meeting just at the gong of the Angelus bell.
Up until 6pm on Wednesday, the fate of the mayorship hung in the balance with Independent councillor, Donal Lyons, and Fianna Fáil’s Peter Keane, threatening to withdraw from the FF, FG and Independents alliance, needed to elect Cllr. Naughton.
The dispute had its roots in a City Council planning meeting last January at which Cllr. Naughton referred to the actions of some councillors as akin to sheep going out a gap, saying that ‘if one went out they all went out’.
Cllr. Lyons and Cllr. Keane took particular umbrage at the remarks and since March 17 last, and it had been made clear to Cllr. Naughton (FG) that the duo would not be voting for her unless she unreservedly withdrew her comments.
If both councillors ‘switched camps’ and sided with the Labour Party nominee, Cllr. Colette Connolly, this would have swung the vote 8-7 in favour of Cllr. Connolly.
However, the ‘Angelus meeting’ – involving Cllr. Naughton, Mayor Michael Crowe, Cllr. Peter Keane and Cllr. Donal Lyons – resulted in a statement being drafted and being signed by the three parties involved, that Cllr. Naughton read out at the start of Wednesday’s meeting.
After that was done, the pact held, with Cllr. Naughton defeating Cllr. Connolly for the position of mayor by nine votes to 6 at the meeting which began at 7pm. She became the city’s 43rd Mayor and the seventh female ‘First Citizen’.
The FF, FG and Independents pact now looks set to ‘stay the course’ with Cllr. Terry O’Flaherty in line for the office in 2012 followed by Cllr. Padraig Conneely in 2013.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Judge adjourns Connemara assault case
Date Published: 08-May-2013
A date will be set next October for the trial of a 52-year old Connemara man, who is charged with assaulting traditional Irish musician Noel Hill five years ago.
Michael Folan from Teach Mór, Lettermullen, is charged with intentionally or recklessly causing serious harm to Noel Hill at Tí Padraig Mairtín Beag in Leitir Mór, on St Stephen’s Day, 2008.
The matter had been listed for trial on several occasions before Galway Circuit Criminal Court in the intervening period.
It was referred to the High Court in Dublin last year for judicial review after Michael Folan said he wanted his trial heard ‘as Gaeilge’and that a bi-lingual jury be made available to hear the case.
At Galway Circuit Criminal Court, Judge Rory McCabe adjourned the case for mention to October when it’s expected a date will be set for trial.
Bank of Ireland Galway Shopping Centre branch to close
Date Published: 10-May-2013
Bank of Ireland’s branch at Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road is to close in July.
The branch is to merge into the BOI outlet at Galway Industrial Estate in Mervue.
Galway Bay fm news reports the 14 staff impacted are to be offered redeployment and there will be no job losses.
Galway RNLI rescues three people stranded on Hare Island
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway RNLI Lifeboat has come to the rescue of three students who got stranded on Hare Island after getting caught in the tide off Ballyloughan Beach.
The two girls and boy, in their late teens had gone for a walk and were spotted waving from the island by a local resident who contacted the emergency Services and Galway Lifeboat.
Conditions at the time (4pm) were very changeable with heavy showers.
Three members of the Lifeboat shore crew were working in the vicinity of the station at the time and launched the boat in six minutes.
The three students were picked up safely and brought back to the Lifeboat Station at Galway Docks where they were warmed up and given tea and did not require medical attention.