Date Published: 23-Jun-2011
By Dara Bradley
The Mayoral pact between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Independents could collapse next week with at least two members of the majority grouping on Galway City Council refusing to back the pacts’ nominee in the election of a new mayor – it could pave the way for a shock with the Labour Party nominee taking the chains.
Councillors Peter Keane and Donal Lyons, members of the current FG/FF/Ind pact, are this weekend standing firm and have said they will not vote for Cllr Hildegarde Naughton in the Mayoral election on Wednesday.
The two councillors reiterated they would only support Cllr Naughton if she retracts and apologises for comments made by her at a meeting last January about elected members being in the pockets of developers.
Cllr Naughton, who could not be contacted by the Galway City Tribune yesterday, previously told this newspaper she would not be apologising. Members of the pact and party whips will meet over the weekend or early next week to iron out their differences.
Cllr Naughton will be proposed and seconded by Fine Gael colleagues Cllr Pádraig Conneely and newcomer Frank Fahy. She can rely on seven votes but if Labour strike a deal with Cllrs Lyons and Keane, and also secure the support of Independent Cllr Catherine Connolly, then Labour’s nominee, likely to be Cllr Billy Cameron, will win by one vote.
Cllr Lyons, a member of the ruling pact, said he is not going to support Cllr Naughton unless her remarks are retracted.
“We can’t be accused of voting like sheep on zoning issues and then turn around to vote like sheep in a Mayoral election. I’m not going to be taken for a fool on this. I’m not voting for her unless she retracts what she said in the January 24 meeting – it was very hurtful not just to councillors but their families, too,” said Cllr Lyons.
Cllr Keane said as of today he will not be voting for Cllr Naughton. “I will not be voting for her until she publicly apologises, retracts and clarifies her comments.”
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
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.