Date Published: 28-Apr-2011
NUI Galway lecturer Donncha O’ Connell is the latest Galway candidate to be eliminated from the Seanad elections.
Former dean of the faculty of law, Donncha O’Connell was eliminated from the race at the 21st count with 2,354 votes.
There are just six candidates left in this race in which the quota is 8,400.
Green Galway Senator Niall O’ Brolchain has also been eliminated from the Seanad elections.
The city Senator, who ran unsuccessfully in the Galway West elections, was eliminated at the 16th count of the NUI Seanad elections with just 922 votes.
Ahascragh Senator Ronan Mullen is still topping the NUI Seanad poll count after the 22nd count with 8,095 votes and is certain to be elected to the Senate later today.
Meanwhile, the eleventh count for the Industrial and commercial panel, for which there are three Galway candidates has just been announced at Leinster House.
County Councillors Pat Hynes from Loughrea and Tom McHugh from Tuam are competing for one of 9 seats alongside solicitor Lorraine Higgins from Athenry.
However, the prospect of any of the three getting a seat to the Seanad looks highly unlikely at this stage.
At the first count Lorraine Higgins got 36 first preference votes, Tom McHugh has 29 and Pat Hynes has 22, putting all three further down the list of 35 candidates.
Last night, Galway senator Fidelma Healy-Eames retained her seat on the Seanad.
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.