Date Published: 23-May-2011
By Dara Bradley
City councillor Hildergarde Naughton may well have won the Fine Gael nomination – after party headquarters intervened – for the next Galway City Mayor, but she is not a ‘shoo-in’ to become first citizen this June.
Several members of the ruling pact on Galway City Council – which includes Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Independents – have expressed private and public reservations to the Sentinel yesterday about voting for Cllr Naughton.
Cllr Naughton will be the Fine Gael nominee, after she fended off an unprecedented political manoeuvre from party colleague Cllr Pádraig Conneely, who attempted to become mayor for the second time in four years after agreeing a separate pact with the third Fine Gael representative on the Council, rookie Frank Fahy.
But it is not clear whether the current FF/FF/Ind pact will hold firm – this week, Cllr Peter Keane (FF), said he would not vote for Cllr Naughton unless she “retracts” and “apologises” for the “hurtful” comments and allegations she levelled against other elected representatives during the course of a debate on the City Development Plan.
Cllr Keane said that Cllr Naughton had made comments that her colleagues on the Council were “in the pockets of developers” and were “doing the bidding” for developers when rezoning lands in the city.
Unless these comments are withdrawn and she apologises to him for making them, the solicitor said he would not be voting for Cllr Naughton to become Mayor.“
Another councillor in the pact, who preferred not to be named, said Cllr Naughton had wrongfully tarred all elected representatives with the one brush when she made her remarks about the links between members of the Council and developers.
This councillor has not yet decided on whether to vote for Cllr Naughton, and may abstain unless the comments are clarified or retracted. Cllr Naughton needs eight votes to win and there are nine involved in the pact.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
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.