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.
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.