Date Published: 29-Apr-2011
The last of the Galway candidates competing for a seat in the Seanad have been unsuccessful.
Tuam county councillor Tom McHugh and solicitor Lorraine Higgins from Athenry were eliminated from the Industrial and Commercial panel late last night.
County Councillor Pat Hynes from Loughrea was eliminated from the same panel earlier on in the count.
From the first count, it was obvious it was going to be an uphill battle for the three Galway candidates who were nominated for election.
On the Industrial and commercial panel, 35 candidates were competing for one of eleven seats where the quota was 106.
Pat Hynes was eliminated at the 17th with 26 votes, Tom McHugh was eliminated at the 29th count with 36, and Lorraine Higgins at the 21st with 53 votes.
However, it’s not all bad news for Galway. Since counting began on Tuesday four Galway candidates have been elected to the Seanad.
Yesterday, Ahascragh Senator Ronan Mullen retained his seat in the Senate, having been elected through the NUI panel.
Ronan’s first cousin, Fine Gael Cllr Michael Mullins from Ballinasloe was the first Galway candidate to be elected on Tuesday through the Cultural and Education panel.
Wednesday afternoon (wed apr 27) Sinn Fein’s Trevor O’Clochartaigh from Connemara was elected through the Agricultural panel
Wednesday night (wed apr 27) Fine Gael’s Fidelma Healy Eames from Oranmore retained her senate seat through election on the Labour panel
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.