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
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.