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Galway constituencies record ‘Yes’ vote on 8th Amendment

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Galway Bay fm – All three Galway constituencies recorded a Yes vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Galway West recorded the highest Yes vote of the three local constituencies at 65.9% (42,422 votes), against 34.1% No (21,906). The turnout was 59.9% and there were 201 spoiled votes.

Galway East recorded at 60.2% (26,525) Yes vote, with 39.8% (17,546) voting No. There was a 63.5% turnout in the constituency and 121 votes were declared spoiled.

In Roscommon-Galway, there was a 65.7% turnout, with a Yes vote of 57.2% (23,677) and 42.8% No (17,709). There were 111 spoiled votes.Unofficial but generally reliable tallies give an insight into how people across the region voted.
Here are some examples of how some people voted across Galway West for ‘yes’ to repeal the 8th Amendment:
Renmore 63%, Doughiska 70%, Tirellan 54%, City Centre 71%, Shantalla 65%, Knocknacarra 70%, Taylors Hill 67%, Moycullen 71%, Barna 66%, Furbo 69%, Spiddal 65%, Oughterard 69%, Oranmore 69%, Annaghdown 66%, Claregalway 64%, Clarinbridge 67%, Castlegar 57%, Lackagh 69%.
Many were surprised at the strong support for repeal in Connemara – with Cleggan the most surprising of all, with a staggering 84% voting yes.
The Aran Islands averaged 66% in favor of repeal, while other levels of support for yes votes in Connemara includes:
Inverin 68%, Tully 61%, Rossaveal 67%, Carraroe 63%, Lettermor 67%, Camus 61%, Rosmuc 48%, Carna 56%, Cashel 65%, Roundstone 67%, Clifden 73%, Leenane 68%, Letterfrack 68%.
The official result for Galway East – the first declared in the country – was also a clear ‘yes’, with just over 60% voting to repeal the 8th amendment.
East Galway had a turnout rate of 63% and the highest support for a yes vote was in Kinvara with over 70% in favor of repeal.
Unofficial tallies also offer an insight into the level of support for a yes vote across East Galway in the following areas:
Tuam 61%, Portumna 53%, Monivea 61%, Athenry 61%, Dunmore 54%, Gort 58%, Kiltullagh 55%.
Galway-Roscommon had the highest turnout rate at 66% – and the constituency also strongly backed a yes vote – with 57% of people voting for repeal.

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Cherish every moment; hug and kiss your loved ones every night

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Happier days…Geraldine Mullan with her husband John and their children Tomas and Amelia.

Last August, GERALDINE MULLAN (née Connaughton) endured an unfathomable nightmare, losing her husband and two children in a crash that she herself was lucky to survive. Here the Williamstown native writes of life since – and how the support of so many has helped her over the last three months.

My husband John was a fan of Bruce Springsteen. In normal circumstances he would be currently enjoying Bruce’s latest album “Letter to You” and taking particular interest in the songs, especially the one entitled “House of a Thousand Guitars” (given John’s love of that instrument).

But these are not normal days and instead it is me appraising the new offering from The Boss and taking poignant note of some of the other lyrical melodies on the album, particularly those entitled “One Minute You’re Here” and “I’ll See You in my Dreams”.

These two songs in particular speak to my situation and have become musical reminders of my beloved departed, my husband John and our children Tomas and Amelia, who were cruelly taken from this world in late August of this year.

Since the tragedy unfolded, I have been surrounded by many wonderful people and wrapped up in their familial and communal embraces, all united in offering me solace, comfort, assistance and no end of love, understanding and compassion.

I stand each day and get through it, in no small part, due to the continuous support you provide to me.

Such is the outpouring and swell of sympathy and empathy alike, and many are the calls, messages, cards, letters, flowers, gifts, acts of service and human kindness which have reached my Moville doorstep, that I am truly overwhelmed, very much humbled and ever-grateful.

I am genuinely appreciative of it all and your love and caring has taken root in my heart and in my head. That being said, I am unable to respond to everyone individually, therefore this is my “Letter to You”, my simple way of acknowledgement and sincere thanks.

You can read Geraldine’s full, heart-breaking letter in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now.

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Early Christmas box for 13,500 Galway farmers

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CLOSE on 13,500 Galway farmers should be getting an early ‘Christmas Box’ this week with the final tranche of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) monies being paid out – ‘bang on schedule’, according to Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue.

Back in October, farmers got the 70% advance payment in BPS with a commitment given at the time that the balance would be paid out in early December – balancing payments under the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) scheme are scheduled to commence next week.

Total BPS payments to Galway’s 13,500 farmers come to just over €82 million, according to figures released by local TDs this week, with the average individual payment per farmer working out at just over €6,000.

East Galway TD and Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte, said that the final tranche of the BPS payments was a most welcome one for thousands of farmers across the county after a most difficult year.

“The really important thing about these payments is that they are being made on schedule and they will help a lot of farmers to ‘balance the books’ for 2020,” said Minister of State, Rabbitte.

The Minister for Agriculture also confirmed this week that payments under the 2020 National Reserve and the Young Farmers Scheme will also commence alongside payment of the 2020 BPS balancing payment – this will also benefit a significant number of Galway farmers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Baby born in a hurry outside Ford garage – and he’s called Henry!

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Baby Henry Dyar with proud parents Lisa and Robert, and big brother Darragh.

There was only one choice of name for a new arrival born in a hurry outside a Ford garage, almost in the passenger seat of a Ford Mondeo – he was always going to be Henry after that.

And after his speedy arrival in the middle of a nationwide go-slow, little Henry Dyar is thriving – despite arriving three weeks ahead of schedule.

Mum Lisa McCauley was thankfully on alert as she had been caught out before; her first born son Darragh had arrived a month early two years ago.

So when she began to feel the first twinges of labour at 6.30am on November 17 – and after contacting the maternity ward in University Hospital Galway – she and husband Robert Dyar organised a babysitter for Darragh and headed out on the motorway from their home in Loughrea.

As they were approaching Oranmore and the traffic was beginning to build, Lisa was hit with the realisation that she would not make it as far as the hospital.

So the quick-thinking Garda called Mill Street Station requesting an escort to bring her the rest of the way.

She was met at the top of Bothar na Treabh by a patrol car, who had pulled in off the Kirwan roundabout beside Sheil’s Motorpark garage.

But by then things had progressed beyond the point of no return.

Read the full happy ending in this week’s Connacht Tribune, on sale in shops now. 

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