Date Published: 30-Jun-2011
The new Mayor of Galway says it’s important that elected representatives narrow their focus on issues to do with the city over the next year.
Fine Gael Councillor Hildegarde Naughton was elected as Mayor at the Annual General Meeting of the City Council last evening. [29/6]
Councillor Naughton, who was proposed by Councillor Padraig Conneely and seconded by Councillor Frank Fahy received 9 votes, beating Labour’s Collete Connolly, who received 6 votes.
It meant that the ruling pact of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independents remained in tact.
At the start of the meeting, Councillor Naughton made a statement unreservedly withdrawing comments she made last January at a meeting about the City Development Plan, where she said if ‘one sheep goes out the gap, they all go out the gap.’
Fianna Fáil Councillor, Peter Keane and Independent Councillor Donal Lyons took offence to the comments and said they would not vote for Councillor Naughton for Mayor unless she apologised.
Just after the AGM began last evening, Councillor Naughton told the Council that she never accused any councillor of being involved in ‘nod and wink politics’ or of having a ‘vested interest’ in any part of the City Development Plan.
Mayor Naughton, a primary school teacher originally from Oranmore, now lives in Castlelawn.
Her parents Marguerite and P.J Naughton and brothers Alan and Derek were there to help her celebrate her honour last night.
Fianna Fáil’s Ollie Crowe was elected as Deputy Mayor.
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.