Date Published: 03-May-2011
FORMER Minister Michael D. Higgins officially confirmed over the weekend his decision to seek the Labour Party nomination for the Irish presidency later this year.
M. Higgins (70), who is the current president of the Labour Party, is due to hold a series of public meetings this week in Galway, Kerry, Cork and Dublin, to outline his proposals for the presidency. The election is due to take place next October.
In a statement issued over the weekend, Mr Higgins said that he would be basing his nomination bid on his political experience, his commitment to Irish culture and his involvement in various human rights campaigns.
He also said that the country urgently needed to work together ‘to create the foundations of a real republic, based on the needs, aspirations, imagination and genius of all our people.’
It seems likely that Mr Higgins though could face a tough battle for the Labour Party nomination from Fergus Finlay, the chief executive of the Barnardo’s children’s charity.
Other possible candidates mentioned for the presidency include independent David Norris; MEP Brian Crowley (FF); Seán Kelly and Mairead McGuinness (FG) and Dragon’s Den judge, Sean Gallagher.
There is also some speculation that Fine Gael could do a bit of ‘arm twisting’ to try and encourage former Taoiseach, John Bruton, to stand for the presidency.
In his May Day election statement launch, Michael D. Higgins said that one of his main priorities would be ‘to promote and extensively develop diaspora business networks across the globe which would actively interface with Irish-based companies and
seek to expose them to wider market share in foreign markets’.
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.