Date Published: 27-Apr-2011
Oranmore Senator Fidelma Healy Eames looks likely to retain her seat in the Senate following the first count on the Labour panel at Leinster House.
The Fine Gael Senator picked up 83 first preference votes, just five short of the quota of 88.
Fidelma Healy Eames, who unsuccessfully contested the Galway West election,is now looking very likely to retain her seat in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Galway senator Ronan Mullen from Ahascragh, who is contesting the seperate NUI Seanad elections looks likely to retain his seat in the Senate.
Galway Green Senator Niall O’ Brolchain looks likely to lose his seat.
The other two Galway candidates, NUI Galway lecturer Donncha O’Connell, and city teacher Matthias Walter Cowley are not in contention for one of the three seats.
Earlier today, Sinn Fein candidate Trevor O’ Clochartaigh from Carraroe was elected to the Senate, by taking the fourth seat on the 11 seat agricultural panel.
Last night, Ballinasloe councillor Michael Mullins became the first Galway person to be elected to the Senate, by election on the cultural and educational panel.
The count on the fourth panel, the Industrial and commercial panel for which there are three Galway candidates – CllrsTom McHugh and Pat Hynes and barrister Lorraine Higgins is expected to begin tomorrow.
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.