Date Published: 11-Aug-2011
Michael D Higgins is still the bookies favourite to become the next president of Ireland.
That’s despite Gay Byrne, who’s still considering whether or not to run, topping the latest opinion poll.
1,000 people were asked who their preferred candidate was in the Red C Poll commissioned by Paddy Power.
Former Late Late Show host Gay Byrne came out on top with 280 people giving him the nod.
His closest rival – and Galway’s only declared presidential hopeful – attracted 210 of the votes.
But while Michael D Higgins might be slightly behind in the popularity stakes, he’s still the bookies favourite to get into the Aras with odds of 6/5.
His strongest support is in the mid to older age groups.
Brian Crowley – who has said he’d like under the Fianna Fail banner – polls in joint third along with Fine Gael’s Gay Mitchell on 13 percent.
Businessman Sean Gallagher is on 12%, Mary Davis on 7% – with Dana Rosemary Scallon – who has also yet to confirm her candidacy – on 6% ..
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.